- Jan 14, 2016
I have 2 pair of 3 year old Northern Pintails. So far they have not nested. Does anyone have experience with these birds? Why are they not interested in nesting. Thanks.
Thank you for the link. It's one year later and I did build a couple more pens to keep birds seperate. I did not ever see the Mallards going after the Pintails. The new pens have plenty of cover for the birds to hide their nests in. Yesterday one of the Pintails laid its first egg ever. I found it just laying on the ground. They have been in there since late Winter and it seems odd to get a first egg in almost July.When I first got into this I read this entire thread. There are some very knowledgeable people on there that have been doing migratory waterfowl for over a decade. There will be some information about breeding. I would also try to contact some of the experts. Do you have some pictures of your set up? I wonder if the male mallards are keeping the male Pintails from breeding as they often hybridize.
Here is the link: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/the-migratory-ornamental-waterfowl-info-thread.345303/
I had given up on ever seeing an egg from these birds so I bought a dozen Pintail eggs this year. The first 8 hatched about 3 weeks ago and the other batch are hatching today.