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Heather    Posted 10-13-2002 at 20:58:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hello I have two domestic mallards they are about 8 months old and have been mating since july my hen didn't lay eggs at first but now shr has gone nuts atleast 55 eggs have been layed i live in Michigan so it is cold now and she hasn't sat on not one egg is she ever going to stop and will my drake ever leave her alone?? please help thanks heather

Swamphandy    Posted 10-14-2002 at 05:44:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
From what it sounds like your duck is too young to know how to sit on the eggs. It takes some time for the maternal instinks to kick in. Also, the season is probly not helping matters. Come spring she will be more than happy to set on some eggs. BEWARE of rotten eggs! I had a batch go rotton this summer... and one of them broke while I was disposing them.... and... and... there is not words to describe the torturous evil smell of rotten eggs on a hot summers day! (i.e. if she is not setting on them within a few weeks, consider using or desposing them).

As far as the male goes... well he is a male. Minutes after our first child was born my question to the doctor was, "How long before I am back in action?". Males have the 'need to breed' pretty much all the time and it does not go away. I have a rooster that will jump a hen three times within a few minutes if he can catch her. It's just nature. If your female is getting beat up because of it, you may consider seperating them for a spell.

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Burrhead    Posted 10-14-2002 at 16:08:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
When out 1st was born I was too young and embarassable to ask a question like that.

When the last was born I was in the delivery room seeing if they could put the stitches in with the knots turned the other way

Maggie/TX    Posted 10-14-2002 at 21:37:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
ROFL and gasping for breath! Burr, you sound like you think just like my husband!

Now, about these ducks...that male duck IS just acting normaly. We used to have a pair of ducks of a large breed I think they were called Ruen. The female got killed by a neighobors dog. A few weeks later I noticed our male duck chasing the cats. I thought he was mad at them and trying to peck them until one day I saw him slip up behind this one deaf cat we had and catch him. Yes, I said him. It was a long haired cat and the duck got a good hold on him and that poor old cat was never the same again. :)

M.R.    Posted 10-14-2002 at 20:32:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Them stitches reminded me of the time when at a family get-to-gether that an aunt was telling of the 7 stitches she had after having their sixth child. Then my uncle [the father] pipes-up and says "My God, it only takes 5 to sew up a gunny-sack". I remember him being in the dog-house for quite a spell.

LH    Posted 10-13-2002 at 21:19:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Duck eggs are good to eat and quit rich. just get rid of any old ones and start gathering the fresh ones to eat, or cook with

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