Duck Breeding Facts & Information


I have been raising birds for almost two years now and have learned so many things it is amazing. Ducks have got to be my favorite bird, closely followed by chickens, I also raise quail but I'm not much of a quail person, they are high maintenance.


Breeding ducks and hatching eggs has been a fun experience for sure and I have learned a few things I thought I should share so here are some duck breeding facts:

  • Ducks breeding period is from late winter to early summer, although some breeds will lay all year.
  • Mating can be violent and stressful on females, they can lose a lot of feathers and get injured during mating.Males bite down on the scruff of the neck causing painful marks, bruising and even cuts.
  • More than one female per drake is recommended, I have just the pair of Welsh Harlequin ducks and my female is very sore and tired looking. 
  • You may need to separate your males and females if mating becomes too stressful.
  • Male ducks will try mating with other species, such as chickens, I have seen it.
  • Most duck breeds produce an egg a day, which can be very exhausting so be sure to provide adequate food and drinking water.
  • Not all ducks will become broody and hatch their own eggs, u may need an incubator if you want ducklings.
  • Fertilized eggs can be eaten jut like chicken eggs, or sold to others to hatch. 
  • Ducks can be a good way to make money, I sell my ducklings for $10 each, fertilized eggs for $2 each, and full grown for $25.  
All in all I love my ducks and all my birds, it has been fun learning with my kids and being able to teach them where their food comes from. I also love the fact that I am not supporting the giant egg factories where birds are kept in harsh conditions. 

Comments

  1. This is so informative and unique post.I never knew about the breeding method of ducks.This is some kind of biological post.Thank you very much for sharing it with us

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