Muscovy Mating Mechanics

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jmc, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. jmc

    jmc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    When scovies mate, does the male's 'corkscrew' need to penetrate the female's vent.

    In the copulations I have observed so far (or what are supposed to be copulations!!!), the drake, after stomping all over the poor hen and finally getting his orientation does the tail wiggle, gets 'area' real close to the hen's cloaca, (at this point, my view is blocked by his tail/hind quarters), then he seems to touch, falls off the hen gasping, then his corkscrew appears, like going in a different direction, clearly never having penetrated.

    I do not believe the seminal fluid comes out the tip of the corkscrew but from the base (cf. Holderread); so what I am seeing would not indicate a 'non-copulation' situation, but would actually make perfect sense.

    I wanted to get some thoughts on this.

    God's creation is just marvellous. And how sweet those little creatures are when they ecstatically flutter at the water bowl just afterwards!!!!
  2. CindyS

    CindyS Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2008
    Geneseo, Illinois
    I think your drake has a damaged corkscrew, it should go in.
  3. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    I never looked that closely...I just roll my eyes, say "he's at it again" and give them their minute of privacy. The dance afterwards is pretty funny though.
  4. vicki2x2

    vicki2x2 Super Chick

    Feb 9, 2008
    Central Michigan
    I would just check the eggs and see if they are fertile, that seems an easier way to tell! [​IMG]
  5. lilchick

    lilchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    Williamsport In.
    They do not penetrate.. At the risk of being too graphic on this forum.. The male's private part sort of "sticks" to the female when she is receptive and she receives the sperm..
    I think my muscovy drakes are doing something right cause the hens hatch out almost all the eggs they set on!
  6. MDC

    MDC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2008
    You know I'm not all that knowledgeable about the whole insemination process but I do know that when artificially inseminating chickens/turkeys the semen is simply dripped into the opening of the hens vent and it is pulled into the body.

    Something else to consider is it is just now spring time so they may not be up to par just yet. Young birds are also notoriously bad at first. It's a skill, to be sure.
  7. Cottage Rose

    Cottage Rose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 24, 2008
    Mid west Michigan
    Fr. John~
    So good to have you back! [​IMG]
    Sounds like lilchick answered your question.
    Now just sit back and enjoy the antics of the breeding season.
    Before you know it you will have the sound of little flapping feet all around you.
  8. jmc

    jmc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    Thank you, dear people!

    All we need to get is some eggs outta these girls, now!!!
  9. CindyS

    CindyS Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2008
    Geneseo, Illinois
    Yes it does go in:rolleyes: waterfowl have a penis because much mating is done in the water and if they did not have one the semen would just wash away.
  10. AhBee01

    AhBee01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2007
    yo. ohio
    Muscovys don't need mate in the water, mine rarely do!

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