Info Needed About Ducks Mating & Egg Fertilization

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Janay, Sep 17, 2014.

  1. Janay

    Janay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, so I am a newbie to ducks. I have 4 Khaki Ducks and 1 Khaki drake and 2 Pekin ducks and 1 Pekin drake (that I will be rehoming very soon). They are all around 5 months old. My Khaki drake has been trying to mate with the ducks but unsuccessfully since he has not been mature enough. Today was the first time I saw his penis, so I guess he is now mature enough. But the ducks have not yet begun laying. So I have a lot of questions:

    1. When do you think my girls will start laying? What do I need to do to prepare for eggs?
    2. How often will my drake mate and will all of my duck's eggs be fertile?
    3. Can you eat fertile duck eggs?
    4. I have heard that Pekins and Khakis are not the best mothers; will I need to incubate the eggs if I want them to hatch?
    5. My plan is the eat my ducks eggs until next spring and then incubate them and hope they hatch; will that work?
    6. What should I keep an eye out for regarding health or other problems or complications?
    7. Will I need to feed the ducks differently once they begin to lay? Layer feed? Wheat? What about the drake?
    8. How often to Khakis and Pekins lay? Every day? Every other? Do they lay in nesting boxes? What time of day do they lay?

    I appreciate any and all thoughts and info. Thank you!
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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  3. Janay

    Janay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Amiga,
    Did you mean to not comment in your last post above?
     
  4. sunnyfishy

    sunnyfishy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lol, Amiga answered, it just looks a little fruity since the response is all in the quote box too. My birds (3 females) all started laying around 5 months, and two of them seem to breed with our male pekin pretty consistently. Never had any issues eating the eggs, since fertilized doesn't mean much if the mother ducks aren't sitting on them. Just collect every day, and no problems there!
     
  5. Janay

    Janay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sunnyfishy,
    Hahahah, yeah, I am a bit slow; didn't even notice!
    Thanks for the answers. I actually got my first egg this morning!!!!!!!!!! Super excited! And I unfortunately just bought a 50 lb bag of starter grower... But I guess I could get some layer and mix it in 50/50? And oyster shell; or could I use dried crushed egg shell? And wheat I guess for my drake, from what I read. Thanks again!
     
  6. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I think I was using my phone when I posted that response - I am not terrifically patient with technology.
     

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