I'm wondering if Muscovy hens will retain viable sperm from matings as do chickens, allowing them to keep producing fertile eggs for a period of time even in the absence of a mature male. Anyone's direct experience and observations to share would be greatly appreciated. If they do, I'd love to gain some idea of how long the mating can remain utilizable. I am looking at possibly obtaining several females from different sources to keep the genetics diverse up front, and if I can get away without having a drake on site for the initial phase I'd prefer to go that route. They'd all have been with mature males where I'd obtain them from. I'll be breeding them for meat, eggs , their utility against slugs because my chickens are wishy washy about eating the damn things, and fertilizer production. I've had a single Muscovy drake, a rescue/rehab in the past who lived with Lavender Turkeys because we had no other waterfowl, and he believed himself one of them. Never had the opportunity to breed the Muscovies back then though. Looking forward to it.