Do ducks mate for life?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by The Littlest Chick, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. The Littlest Chick

    The Littlest Chick New Egg

    Jan 5, 2009
    I have a very "interesting" Pekin duck. She has grown up with a little dalmation dog (Mr. Speckles), and barely leaves his side. She eats his dog food instead of her feed and doesn't get into the water as much as a normal duck would. I got a muscovy drake for her to play with, so she will start acting more like a duck and less like a dog.

    Anyway, she is over a year old and is laying eggs. None of the eggs are fertile. I saw her doing possibly a mating dance in front of Mr. Speckles. She moves her head from side to side and lays on the ground while making quacking noises. Has she chosen the dog as her mate? Will I ever get fertile eggs? If I seperated them will she finally become interested in the drake?
  2. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008

    Talk about star-crossed lovers [​IMG]

    I have 1 drake and 3 hens. I thought it was geese that can mate for life....not ducks.
  3. runamuck

    runamuck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 8, 2008
    Northern michigan
    Get a boy duck and she will forget all about her odd love lol Domestic ducks Don't mate for life........
  4. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    She has a boy duck. The girl duck just likes the dog better [​IMG]

    Oh! Forgot to add that even if the moscovy fertilizes the peking egg, the chick that hatches from that egg will be sterile (a mule so to speak)
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2009
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Maybe she thinks she is a dog? Pen them up together and the boy duck will show her what she is! And no ducks do not mate for life. If the dog decided to eat one (God forbid!!) the other would just go look for another duck.
  6. birdnutz

    birdnutz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 6, 2007
    I would say that they don't mate for life. BUT I have 1 BEI girl that won't set eggs if separated from her man. Wouldn't of thought it possible. But accidentally locked him up with the extra drakes last year. She didn't lay until I realised my mistake and turned him loose.
    I have a drake from last year that thinks he's a goose.Or the goose thinks it's a duck. Haven't figured out which yet.
  7. spectrumranch

    spectrumranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    The pekin hen is bonded to the dog. I would seperate her away from the dog for awhile with a male "water duck", ie: Pekin, Rouen, Cayauga, Swedish, etc. The problem with trying to breed her with a muscovy (which is more a land duck) is the breeding courtship is different. While muscovies and water ducks can cross, it usually is not a high percentage. A male of her own type will probably have a better chance of encouraging her to breed.

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  8. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    As usual...the answer is MORE DUCKS! On the chicken thread, the answer always seems to be MORE CHICKENS. I think I am seeing a pattern here [​IMG]

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