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Mallard Ducks--Breeding and Laying Eggs

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by tplummer, Sep 5, 2009.

  1. tplummer

    tplummer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How late in the year do Mallard ducks breed and lay eggs. My daughter just got a pair for her birthday, and we were just wondering.
     
  2. sunbury chick

    sunbury chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would like to know too.I have a 3 yr old mallard female.She has no mate,but has layed about 22 eggs in my flower garden in a nest.She won't leave it unless I force her out and then she swims in the pond and I take food to her.Then it's right back to the nest.She's been on it for at least 3 weeks or so.She has never hatched any eggs ,is this strange behavior?Her best friend is our lab and our cat.They all play together....I know that is really strange,a duck and a hunting dog!I hope someone can give me some answers.Thanks,I appreciate any help.[​IMG][​IMG]
     
  3. Duck Keeper

    Duck Keeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You should definitely remove the infertile eggs from under her, or they could rot and explode, or she could simply waste away like my buff ALMOST did.

    If there is no male duck to mate with her, there will be no fertile eggs, and they won't hatch into anything.


    And you haven't lived until you've had a rotten egg explode on you. [​IMG]
     
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  4. sunbury chick

    sunbury chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Duck Keeper for the advice.I'll get those eggs out first thing in the morning,hope they don't break!
     
  5. Duck Keeper

    Duck Keeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, I've had several go bad, but not because of my ducks!

    Can you believe I actually forgot an egg in my room once?!
    It left a green stain! [​IMG]


    Sooner or later she'll forget the eggs, start laying again, and put more weight on.

    Maybe next time you notice she's gone broody, you can let her sit on them for a few days and then buy some fertile hatching eggs? You could have loads of ducklings! [​IMG]

    Just make sure she's in a secure pen with a nest that can't be blown over.
     
  6. feather leg farms

    feather leg farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    anyone?
     
  7. ChickBond 007

    ChickBond 007 Licensed to Cull

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    Mallard eggs take 28 days to hatch. She's still working on them.
     
  8. ChickBond 007

    ChickBond 007 Licensed to Cull

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    Quote:I had eggs last year until the snow flew. Then just occassionally.
     
  9. Emily89

    Emily89 New Egg

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    I don't have mallards duck I have khaki campbell ducks and just starting to day the two drakes where trying to mate with her. We have 3 boys and 1 girl. We didn't figure out we had 3 boys till last month, When they stared to mature. I know she will start laying eggs . But can u eat the fertilized eggs. I don't think I really want to but is it possible?
     
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