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Do Pekin Ducks need water to mate?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Cara, Feb 23, 2008.

  1. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2007
    NM
    I have a trio of Pekin Ducks, two hens and a drake. The hens have recently started laying, and I set 3 eggs but none of them have developed. They have a wading pool in their run, but my husband thinks they mate in water and need for it to be deeper. Does this sound right?
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    How old are your ducks?
     
  3. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2007
    NM
    They are approx. 5 months old.
     
  4. ZooZoo

    ZooZoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, From what i kno, ducks do need water to mate in.
     
  5. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    I have seen mine mate on grass. But I have seen them mate more on water.
     
  6. roosters97

    roosters97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2008
    VA
    they mate on water??!!?
     
  7. lacyloo

    lacyloo Cooped Up

    May 26, 2007
    north florida
    yea its gets pretty " dirty" when ducks get in water [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  8. roosters97

    roosters97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2008
    VA
    lol [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  9. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2007
    NM
    Do you know how much water they need? They have a regular sized kids' wading pool at the moment, about 3' across and 6" deep.
     
  10. Crazy4Chicks

    Crazy4Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 20, 2007
    Glendale, AZ
    I have 3 ducks one is a pekin male and they mate in/out of the water makes no diff to them when the mood hits [​IMG]
    I have noticed that when my pekin is in the mood for love he waits till the female is in the pool and ummm- well you know [​IMG]
    but my mallard/mix he is a bit more "nasty" and he just grabs the poor girl any time she walks near him.
    I plan on getting a much deeper, bigger pool this summer for them so I will see if that makes a difference in thier mating habits.
    Sorry your eggs did not hatch I am only going into day 3 for the ones I set



    Julie
     

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