Ducks breeding in winter.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by KWAK, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. KWAK

    KWAK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A few years a go I had a PekinXrouenXrunner cross hatch eggs in winter.
    Now I have been told they cant breed in winter? So was it just a "freak thing"?
     
  2. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My rouen drake, and ancona hen breed still? and I sent a few eggs to a friend and they are fertile....
     
  3. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

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    I have fertile eggs and hatch year round - so yes they do breed all year round. The issue of going broody and hatching is all together different though. Ducks are less likely to go broody until the first signs of spring- and when sitting in the middle of winter- the freezing temperatures can greatly effect how many embryos survive to hatch.

    So no- its not exactly a freak thing- but something that doesnt happen too frequently.
     
  4. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Well said Duckyfromoz
     
  5. kippy2

    kippy2 Out Of The Brooder

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    i just had the same happen today. i was not exspecting it lol
     

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