Doing the ducky deed?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by kurtjackieprovost, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. kurtjackieprovost

    kurtjackieprovost Out Of The Brooder

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    I apologize for the following strange question.[​IMG]

    My drake is climbing on the backs of my females. [​IMG] They are 7 months old. [​IMG] I know this is how they mate, [​IMG] but what I don't know, is he accomplishing what he has set out to do? [​IMG] He climbs on her, she lifts her tail, he lowers his and then he hops off. [​IMG] Is that it? [​IMG]
    No flowers or cigarettes? [​IMG]

    Do I have fertile eggs now?[​IMG] Some how I thought all this takes place in the spring and maybe Ollie is just practicing. [​IMG]
    Inquiring minds want to know. [​IMG]

    Thanks.
    p.s. I love smilies.[​IMG]
     
  2. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's pretty much it. Then, he does a victory lap and she washes up.

    She may not lay to spring as they are often seasonal ovulaters.
     
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  3. kurtjackieprovost

    kurtjackieprovost Out Of The Brooder

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    She is a Khaki and has been laying for two months now. I have four actually.
     
  4. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You might have fertile eggs, but they're safe to eat. Or, you can cook them and give them back to her as a treat.
     
  5. KKeiC07

    KKeiC07 Out Of The Brooder

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    Cook them and give them back??

    Is that a healthy treat for them? Does it benefit them or do they just like the cooked egg?

    I've never heard of anyone doing that!
     
  6. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know there are people who do that and mix it with their other treats. I think the ducks like it. I hope someone else can answer that and say how they cook them, etc. I know ducks like to eat them, that's for sure.
     
  7. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    That is how ducks copulate. It's impressive how much they can accomplish in such a short amount of time. It's even more impressive with chickens and other bird species where the male does not have a penis, but instead the male gets his backwards-facing vent/cloaca to meet with the hen's in a brief manuever called a cloacal kiss.

    Male ducks do have a penis, and you may see it sometimes after he dismounts from the hen, it will look like a limp white noodle and will soon retract back into his body. It helps them transact business while they mate in the water, although ducks will also mate on dry land.

    Sometimes it will seem the male is trying to drown the duck hen, he'll be astride her back and holding her head down below the water. But I have yet to see one expire that way. Sometimes a duck hen will mount another duck hen, it's their way of showing dominance and superiority.
    [​IMG] Keeping poultry is both fun AND educational!
     
  8. KKeiC07

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    That is interesting! and it would be cool to hear from someone who has done that before!
     
  9. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    Duck eggs are deeeeelicious, especially in doughs or batters. They can be used the same way as chicken eggs, but their richness will add extra flavor and loft.
     
  10. KKeiC07

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    I've eaten duck eggs before (yumm), but never heard of someone cooking them & feeding them back to the ducks....
     

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