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Do I Need a Drake?

No!

Ducks will lay quite happily without the amorous intentions of a handsome male. The eggs a duck lays without the help of a drake are not fertilised and will therefore never hatch.

Should you have a male duck, you can be sure he will do his best to fertilise the eggs. If a duck is broody she will then sit on these eggs for 28 days (the incubation period) and with a bit of luck these eggs will hatch and produce more ducks. It is very exciting to breed ducks but you should consider what you are going to do with any offspring if you don\' t have space to keep them. It is also worth bearing in mind that if you rear more males then these will fight in the breeding season.

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Rohit, 26 November 2021

I have a female duck that has started laying eggs only 2 at the moment. This is without a male duck however if I bring a male duck will the rest of them be hatched?


Tom, 2 October 2021

I have two mallards one male one female going into Mating season . I also have 4 large White ducks now in mating season. 2 are female 2 are male . When they mate and eggs are expected when should their eggs be removed for human use . I may want only a few to hatch. Thank you for your help.


Sarah, 1 May 2019

Do Muscovy Ducks lay eggs without a Drake?


Grace, 4 April 2019

I am thinking about getting some ducklings to raise. Since they are social animals they need to have buddies, but I have a question. I don't really want breed them, so is it ok to have all females or all males? Or do I need both sexes? Thank you so much!


Bernard, 21 February 2016

good