Mating before laying, is that bad?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by WannaBeHillBilly, Oct 12, 2018.

  1. WannaBeHillBilly

    WannaBeHillBilly Songster

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    Hi Friends,

    delicate topic: My Ducks had some fun today in their »hot-tub« (which is actually lousy cold!). I don't know exactly what happened, but Donald, my Drake got on top of two girls. They have not started laying yet, should i separate them or is that ok? Have not observed any injuries so far…
     
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  2. DobieLover

    DobieLover Free Ranging

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    They'll be fine. They are getting close to laying.
     
  3. hillbilly91

    hillbilly91 Crowing

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    I agree. If he is topping them the hens are maturing also. Hope you like eggs
     
  4. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Does not mean eggs soon. The Drake is maturing and no it will not hurt the Hens.
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Runners seem to mature fast in the sex department. Or mine did they were mating at 4 months and laying at 4.5 months. I was use to Muscovy's.
     
  6. CayugaJana

    CayugaJana Free Ranging

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    If the females are laying still for him and not running for their lives, they are just fine!
     
  7. WannaBeHillBilly

    WannaBeHillBilly Songster

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    Hi friends! Sorry for not reacting to all your answers, somehow i did not receive any alert for this thread and thought it was orphaned.:confused:
     
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  8. WannaBeHillBilly

    WannaBeHillBilly Songster

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    I would love to get some eggs from my ducks, but every time when i ask them they look at each other, quacking »Egggs? What is that human talking about?« I'm afraid i'll have to wait until next year, when the days will become longer again.
     
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  9. WannaBeHillBilly

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    Yep! I read that too, Muscovy's need more time. Laying after 4.5 months?! I must tell that to my girls, they are ~6 months and - nada.
     
  10. WannaBeHillBilly

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    Running? - They are actually lurking him into the tub, bobbing their heads up and down and wagging their tails. - Men are so predictable…
     

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