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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 3:52 pm 
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Hi all our Pekin Ducks have been laying for just over a month now and we haven't received a single fertile egg so far. We have seen the male mating but he seems to be unsuccessful a majority of the time. Is this a common issue with Pekins? they're so fluffy and heavy i'd have to assume so. Would trimming the area around the vent help? they are all between 1-2 years old. Heres some pictures they're beautiful big ducks it took us 6 months to even find any worth buying in SA thanks to Norm and Diane Formby we finally have some and besides the fertility issue we couldn't be happier!


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 4:09 pm 
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Do they have access to swimming water?


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 4:13 pm 
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They do! Its kidney shaped deep in one end shallow at the other theres enough room for all three to swim in he trys mating her in the water or on the land and holds her head under from the bank even holds her head in the water bowl sometimes. Ducks are brutal lovers

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 5:49 pm 
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Shave their bums.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 5:54 pm 
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Hmm, can't find any notes or tutorials on that one, but shaving their bums will help them to 'hit the spot'

I am thinking you need a tutorial for removing the feathers from the duck, but not one of the many tutorials that is intended for removing feathers from a duck that is quite dead prior to cooking. You don't want that. Your duck won't like that. Look for improve fertility, or just get a friend (it's a two person job) and carefully calmly hold daffy upside down in your arms like a baby and trim the feathers around it's vent. THAT'S the word for bum, vent !! look that up and you may have more success than I did.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 5:57 pm 
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there is more than a page of assorted blah blah at http://forum.backyardpoultry.com/viewtopic.php?t=1868&highlight=trimming+fertility


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 7:08 pm 
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Personally I have not ever heard of anyone trimming a duck's vent to improve fertility. Providing swimming water is the generally accepted solution. Heavy breeds do find it challenging though, and fertility is often a problem in these breeds.

Maybe speak with the breeder who you got the birds from to get their advice? This might be something they have dealt with and solved themselves :) If they have, let us know what they say!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 8:03 pm 
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Speaking to the breeder is a great idea. That's where I heard about trimming, although not for ducks. Still, for the ducks, I figure it couldn't hurt. They seem to have everything else so far.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2015 9:36 pm 
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Trimming for ducks not so comparable with chickens. Anatomy differs, as does chickens not having under-down.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2015 9:07 pm 
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Thanks for all the replies i appreciate the input. We moved houses two weeks ago and for the time being only have a clam shell shaped pool for them until we settle and build another, but that has fixed the fertility issue! I have no idea why we weren't getting fertile eggs before but we certainly are now :woot:

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 6:16 pm 
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Just an update, ended up getting six ducklings out before they finished laying. The Saxonys are still laying and have 11 developing eggs in the incubator right now! Thanks guys


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:05 am 
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:-D Thats great news! Glad the feetillity has come good. Ducklings are great

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Fantastic!!

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2016 12:09 pm 
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I know its exciting! They grow at astonishing rates the Pekin! Funnily enough Rach in the book you recommended me to read in my other thread it has a small section on trimming.
I'll post the Screenshot.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2016 1:07 pm 
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My last update for the Pekins 3 months between photos it sure makes a difference! Safe to say im happy with my first breeding seasons results with Pekin and Saxony! I know the faults I need to work on with my waterfowl now so hopefully this season I'll be able to make some improvements! Cheers


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