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My Runner Drake is not living up to its task!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by mydanet, Nov 16, 2015.

  1. mydanet

    mydanet Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 22, 2015
    Hi All....I have three Runner ducks that are about nine months old, they seem in good health..living on 4 acres with pond and a nice duck house...laying an egg a day each..one egg today was a whopper, 109 grams. So I have more eggs than I know what to do with so I decided to incubate some. Three weeks age I obtained a drake Runner that I introduced to my females...it integrated with the others just fine, no problems. The only problem is I took yesterdays eggs to check for fertility looking for the ringed dot as you would with chicken eggs and its not there. I have not seen any mating going on so I'm wondering is it my drake or do fertile duck eggs look different than chicken eggs any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in Advance John
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    If I am reading that right you introduced the male about three weeks ago, is that correct? If so, it is not that unusual that you are not yet getting fertile eggs - with a newly integrated group it can take some time before the females accept and submit to the advances of the male (if he makes any) or for him to feel confident enough to make advances.
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  3. pattyhen

    pattyhen Chicks Ducks oh my

    Apr 20, 2007
    Give him some time and you will have fertile eggs galore if he is anything like my male runners.
  4. buff goose guy

    buff goose guy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 9, 2014
    Mississippi Y'all
    If I read that right was the male 3 weeks old or did you integrate him 3 weeks ago ?
  5. mydanet

    mydanet Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 22, 2015
    I did introduced the male 3 weeks ago, he is 8 months old. Well I will practice patience as advised but he should know I'm watching him! LOL
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

    Oct 3, 2009
    Western N.C.
    Well keep it a secret you maybe making him nervous. [​IMG]
  7. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    Middle Tennessee
    It may also be the time of the year... where are you located?

    My Calls are laying, but the drakes are not mating now... and I know someone else said their Anconas aren't mating now either...
  8. pattyhen

    pattyhen Chicks Ducks oh my

    Apr 20, 2007
    Springtime is the busiest season for my runners. Mine are still mating a little bit but come springtime the males are more active.

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