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Old 6th May 2012, 06:41 PM   #1
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infertile ducks???

Hi,

One of my pekins started laying for the first time about 6 wks ago, and I gave 22 eggs to someone who had an incubator and was after a few ducklings with the intention of splitting them. A fortnight later, she's candled some and then broken them open and found all are infertile!

I just have the one drake and his 3 sisters (and 2 muscovies - but he's never shown any interest in them) who all hatched early last September. I see him mounting them at least once or twice every morning when we spend a couple of minutes watching them after letting them out. I've seen one of the pekin ducks fussing over and sitting on the nest when I come to let them out, and it's full of white feathers so I'm sure it's not the (grey) muscovies that are laying.

Would it be because it's their first clutch? Or is it more likely that my drake is just firing blanks? Or something else?

Thanks
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Old 6th May 2012, 07:13 PM   #2
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Re: infertile ducks???

hi, not sure about ducks, I know that with my bunnies they do the deed before they have viable sperm. You might find the next batch fine. the only way to find out I suppose is keep hatching them, or introducing a proven drake and see what happens then.

good luck.
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Old 7th May 2012, 10:42 AM   #3
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Re: infertile ducks???

My spring hatched cockerels aren't fertile yet and I'd say it is the same with ducks. It may be August before he does the deed sucessfully.
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Old 7th May 2012, 12:34 PM   #4
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Re: infertile ducks???

Interesting. He started mounting them toward the end of January so I just assumed he must be well and truly 'mature' enough to do something useful, but maybe he's just a bit young still. Thanks
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Old 7th May 2012, 12:56 PM   #5
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Re: infertile ducks???

I have recently observed a three week old boar riding his sisters with every evidence of enjoyment. Perhaps my pigs are like pisa's rabbits.
TandS, maybe the drake is old enough to try it on but not mature enough to be effective.
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