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cayuga ducks? or drake and duck

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by hen51, Oct 13, 2013.

  1. hen51

    hen51 New Egg

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    I bought what I was told was a mating pair of Cayugas a couple of months ago. We have been getting one or two eggs most days apart from a three week break while one duck was molting.
    For the last couple of weeks we have been down to only one egg a day, and sometimes none. Just thought she was having a rest, but it turns out, unbeknown to us, one of the ducks is sitting on a nest of 12 eggs hidden away. The question is, neither bird appears to have the drake tail feathers, but the smaller and darker of the two (the one on the nest) often mounts the other duck in the pool and appears to mate.
    Is it likely we have lesbian Cayuga ducks? I thought the male had nothing to do with incubating the eggs, but the bird we thought was the drake is the one sitting.
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    Any clues anyone? Pretty sure the one with speckles is a female, but the other one doesn't seem to have curly tail feathers and s/he is smaller.
    Thanks
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] It appears that you have two hens. It is not unusual for hens to carry out mating behavior in the absence of a drake.
     
  3. hen51

    hen51 New Egg

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    should I leave my hen sitting on her twelve infertile eggs or exchange some of them for some fertile eggs I could buy??
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    She'll eventually give up but if you want ducklings this time of year which can present it's own set of problems, then by all means get her some fertile eggs. Your Cayuga's are lovely.
     
  5. hen51

    hen51 New Egg

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    I live in New Zealand. It is spring over here, only domesticated cats and dogs as predators, and I'll keep them safe until they are big enough to fend for themselves. The cats leave them alone (the adults) and dogs can't get in to the fenced section.
    Thanks for your reply.
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Well by all means give that duck some fertile eggs, perfect time of year for ducklings. Please post back how it goes and of course pics of babies.
     

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