Do ducks do best with a drake?

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Eclipse happens after the bird has had a breeding season. Young Drakes won't till after a season either.
I've been through 1½ years with the F&W runners and one year with the other ducks. So far no different plumage during the seasons, just feathers everywhere. The drakes are replacing their drake-curls and the corkscrew is active year-round. Even during frost!
 

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Strange? How old are the Drakes and Hens? All Mallard derived Ducks or Drakes eclipse and molt. Generally all breeding behaviour stops then.
Due to the soft weather the last years it is now 9 months out of the year to (this year 11). Unlike when we had cold winters/warm summers like before. Then it was a period. That't why chickenbreeders often add light and heat during the winters. Well used too; too warm for it now. It is going fast downhill for 30 years now. Seasons are gone. We used to have very clear different seaons. That is not the case anymore.
Where Indian runner originated from; the same. They were probably always bound a bit more to not care for seasons.
 

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Our drake Big Daddy, has 4 of his daughters in his harem..... they often climb into the tub with him.....
Rats the same. We have a different route for procreation for our survival. One of the things implanted in us that we in our subconsious can "smell" people that share too much genetics; we think they smell awfull. This can be tricked though by A. not rearing siblings together (even twins) B. rearing strange children together. In our long childhoodyears we create the sence of "too close to family". We do not understand exactly how it works; but being closely raised is the common demeanor in who we learn to not choose as a mate. And how these people smell (their hormone/feromones) stay the same. This is more common in mammals that have little children, children take years to grow into an adult; because for survival it is more important if the few children mate with a comaptible partner. If you like a rat can have 48 children a year; and a gazillion grand-children and grand-grand-grand-children; who cares about defects; only a few surviving is enough to carry on the legacy. We adapted different ways of survival.

Next to that; having children with your parent/sibling as a human is even only 1,3 procent extra chance for a genetic defect; with cousins/nephews 0,03. BUT we also have more genetic defects then ducks and rats, ánd although we are with many now; we are meant to be small groups living on a small terrain. Unlike ducks and rats that travel a LOT and are not so home-based an more easily encountering different genes then their own family. We needed that urge to not like the smell of our own; to go out an find someone.
 

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its weird but i cant say i wouldve been mad about it
You are forgetting here;
A. They probably choose someone you don't like. I have setting my drakes up with women 2-4 times their ages..that did not have interest in them either what so all.
B. They expect you to stop this behaviour for ever after this 1 encounter.
C. If you don't they will cull you and just buy another child.

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