doing the deed vs. fertility

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by rainplace, Oct 5, 2009.

  1. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    All my ducks are doing "it" though I have yet to see an egg. When I see an egg, what are the chances of it being fertile? My black silkies I thought were seasonal breeders. I'm beginning to think that being seasonally fertile doesn't preclude having a good time during other parts of the year.. .is this correct? Or will I be seeing some eggs from them?
  2. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    A breeder gave me a reply to this through e-mail. Ducks are fertile most of the time, but some are seasonal layers. Seems like for some they need a certain temp in order to lay. Now I can stop looking for eggs from my silkies.

    And still no eggs from any of my runners /cry
  3. TK Poultry

    TK Poultry Songster

    May 25, 2009
    Greencastle, Indiana
    i read some article about the temp thing mine quit laying awhile back i have the last 8 eggs in the bator but the whole not laying thing hasnt fazed my drakes i also was told have no idea if true that the drakes are most fertile when the head of the drake has the most color i doubt that though but idk so hope my half wisdom has helped!!!
  4. L0rraine

    L0rraine Songster

    May 20, 2009
    Whidbey Island
    Mine too became quite 'active' recently and I was also surprised that no one had started laying yet. However, we did have a surprise egg outside one of their houses a few days ago (and a nearly catatonic little duck, that I thought I was going to lose, and we wonder if it was her first egg). We haven't seen any other eggs since however.
  5. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

    Oct 14, 2008
    Thomson, GA
    She decided to have her tubes tied after the first one [​IMG]

    I really am not sure if temperature has anything to do with it. Our temp just dropped 20 degrees or more during the day and my ducks are still laying.
    The only time I have noticed my ducks to stop laying so far is when I have changed their feed or their routine.
  6. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    I'm talking about seasonal breeders.
  7. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

    Oct 14, 2008
    Thomson, GA
    Oh I'm sorry, I don't know anything about them. [​IMG]
  8. katemary63

    katemary63 In the Brooder

    May 19, 2008
    Dover, AR
    From what I understand from Story's Guide to Raising Ducks, it is the shortened day and NOT the temperature, that reduces some ducks egg laying frequency. Put out a light bulb and they will lay.

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