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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2008 4:26 pm 
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Showy Hen
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Hi All don't laugh but do I have an over zealous drake. This question will probably show I'm a newby with ducks. My Mussie drake is very energetic when doing the boy thing. I knew the ducks and geese usually use water to breed, but my drake seems to hold the ducks head under the water for ages. I'm worried he is going to drown my girls. How long do drakes and ganders take to do "it". I'm used to roosters and "wang bam thank you ma'am". I just need to know if this practice (holding the girls head under the water several minutes) is normal :? . Cheers Phalara


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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2008 4:58 pm 
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Because drakes are so heavy and so cumbersome they tend to take for ages to do their thing. It is easier on the duck to do their thing in the water as he isn't so heavy on her. Yes they tend to hold the duck's head under water, I don't know what is termed as a long time. Mine dont have access to the dam 24/7 anymore. So on the ground they go. :D

I suppose it seems a long time for an anxious carer to look on in a helpless way. :)

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Thanks Val I reckon I'm just an over anxious Mummy. Cheers Phalara


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Don't worry - I have often thought the same thing with my Muscovies, however they mate in a clam shell. Yes, it is 'normal', but it depends on how long. But they seem to be okay - occasionally when the drake tries to get a better hold the duck grabs some air then. Not that I intently watch them doing you know what :roll:


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