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Do ducks mate year-round?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Ravie, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. Ravie

    Ravie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know ducks have a breeding season. But I don't know if that's the only time they mate.

    I had someone inquire about purchasing some of my duck eggs for hatching, but I have no idea if they're fertile or not. I've only gotten 6 eggs in the last week and she'd like to buy them all. I don't have any I can crack.

    Thanks for your help in helping me become less of a duck-noob!
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I don't know what breed you have but I know my Muscovies don't breed year round, but they started breeding earlier this year because of the warmer weather. I usually don't see any breeding from late September till early April. till this year.
     
  3. greenmtngirl

    greenmtngirl Out Of The Brooder

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    My ducks (Indian Runners) stop laying in the winter, but certainly continue, um, mating.
     
  4. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    There is no "off switch" on drakes.

    I would expect the first eggs of the season to be fertile. It's just that the first eggs are sometimes not perfectly formed. Sometimes it takes the ducks a few eggs to get the kinks out of the system and get the factory up and running properly.
     
  5. Ilovemyduckies

    Ilovemyduckies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My pekin male did seem to breed year round. Although, I have a cayuga/pekin male, that is a lot more shy, and refuses to mate with anyone but my other cayuga.... (and will not mate in the winter)
     

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