Ducks Mating Questions

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Luvmyducks, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. Luvmyducks

    Luvmyducks Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 1, 2011
    We have one male and 3 female Magpies. They are about 5 months old and have started to show signs of mating. Today the male held the female down in the pool!! Is that normal? This may be a silly questions but will he drowned her?? How often do ducks mate? Is there anything I should worry about with one male and 3 females?
  2. lovin my birds

    lovin my birds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 15, 2011
    Odessa, MO
    That is a good ratio of females to males. I have three females for each of my males and they do great(no fightning). No he will not drown her, it is their way of mating. She will be almost completely underwater and you will only be able to see her head. Sometime her head will get pushed under the water but she can hold her breath and it usually isnt under for very long. And no queston is silly, its the way we learn. [​IMG]
  3. newbyduckmom

    newbyduckmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2011
    Snohomish County, WA
    We have three drakes and one hen....when they started mating, we separated them because all three drakes would compete and the hen came close to getting drowned or severely beaten up. (Its very true what they say about ratios of drakes to hens). But that was because there were three of them and one of her. It was pretty scary.

    Water seems to be an aphrodisiac for the ducks. Let them near the wading pool or our pond and it's party time!
  4. agregg15

    agregg15 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2011
    Quote:[​IMG] Yeah it's normal when a drake seems to be drowning a duck. Mine do it when they mate.
  5. Luvmyducks

    Luvmyducks Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 1, 2011
    Thanks! It was pretty scary to see her being held under the water like that! How often do ducks mate?? I cannot even imagine what my kids are going to think when they see this!!! [​IMG]
  6. cat1994

    cat1994 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2010
    Southeast MO
    Quote:I remember when I first saw it I freaked out also but my dad told me all was well and that as long as I have a good make to female ratio every thing will be all right. I'm not really sure how often ducks mate. My ducks seem to mate every time I give them new water, (they get really excited and one thing leads to another) which is every day, but I'm pretty sure I’m not seeing every time they are mating, so I can’t really give you a right answer.
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Generally, drowning is only a problem when multiple drakes are gang breeding the same hen. With your ratio everything whould be fine.
  8. 105600

    105600 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 4, 2011

    My "Three's Company" Ducks... Jack with Janet and Cindy

    Jack keeps very busy with his girls... and yes, I've seen him nearly drown them. Don't know if you knew..or want to know.. lol.. but did you know that the male duck penis is corkscrew shaped?? I read about it, but when I had to pull Jack off of his daughter the other day.... it was quite interesting to see! [​IMG]
  9. LemonDoodles

    LemonDoodles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2011
    Huntsville, AL
    There is a slow motion video of it somewhere out there (of said corkscrew) We just had to know how this was all happening through all those feathers... It's pretty weird.
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2011
  10. newbyduckmom

    newbyduckmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2011
    Snohomish County, WA
    The interesting little facts I learn on BYC! [​IMG] Can't wait to pass that little tidbit on to my husband....[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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