Do ducks mate year-round?

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

  1. Ravie

    Ravie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2010
    Greenfield, Indiana
    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 Loving this country life Premium Member

    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

    Jul 5, 2011
    My ducks (Indian Runners) stop laying in the winter, but certainly continue, um, mating.
  4. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    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

    Feb 21, 2012
    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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