When is ducks breeding season?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by happy duck, Aug 18, 2018.

  1. happy duck

    happy duck Crowing

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    The name is very explanatory....what do you guys know about it?
     
  2. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Free Ranging

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    Spring--about early April through mid-June, though that probably depends on region. Drakes get very aggressive and fight a lot(though that varies by individual), and some ducks start brooding. You'll know when a duck is thinking about it, because she'll start bobbing her head towards the ground when she walks, and her voice will change. A good ration is one drake to five ducks, especially if they're heavier breed, because drakes are really hard on ducks. Egg production will skyrocket.
     
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  3. Abraeri

    Abraeri Songster

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    As someone else once told me: "Whenever they see a female!" :old
     
  4. Flockandfowl46

    Flockandfowl46 Crowing

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    Some domestic ducks generally breed year-round. But some breeds have different breeding season which goes from late winter through spring to early summer. During the mating season the ducks generally show mating behavior and lay eggs.
     
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  5. Quacking Pigeon

    Quacking Pigeon Crowing

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    My muscovies start breeding in autumn (fall) and continue to summer. My Mallards breed in spring to summer.

    Muscovies: around May- January
    Mallards: September- December
     
  6. happy duck

    happy duck Crowing

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    Mine I think will lay year round! Thanks for the responses!!!
     
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  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    My Runners laid for 18 months straight finally come Feb this year they actually took about a 2 month break I was very relieved.
     
  8. happy duck

    happy duck Crowing

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    I am guessing that it is good for them to get a break?
     
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  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Yep. Only having Muscovy before I got my Runners and Buffs I was use to them having a defiant breeding and laying season. I was getting kind of worried my Runners would be laid out by 2 yrs old if they didn't slow down. Plus all that calcium they need to lay all those eggs. But they made it and so did I lol
     
  10. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    What breed of Ducks and location plays a role in breeding vs laying and sexual behaviour...
     

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