Wild Animals/Pekin Ducks


We have had a pair (M and F) of Pekins on our lake for the past year. About a month ago only the female started to show up.. We haven't seen the male in at least a month. The female normally swims by with some Muscovies or by her self. Se seems lost without her man. Is there anything we can do to find her a mate, like buying a male and introducing them somehow?

Dear Peter

Thank you for your question. I also wish to thank the authors of the websites I used

There is no guarantee that the female will adapt to a new male, but your idea could work. As the Pekin duck is a domestic breed, I wonder if it would be better for you to see if there are any nearby lakes or ponds with a population of male and female Pekin ducks, so that she has some choice of males. Please check with a local animal charity to check if it is legal to move the female duck or if the staff have an alternative idea.  

I'm sorry that I can't give a definitive answer, but Pekin ducks go through a courtship behaviour (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybvyJGWsmbc) and it is probably better to have at least two potential mates, so there is some competition.

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I can answer questions about wild mammals and other animals, as well as extinct animals and zoos. I am not an expert about every animal species. I can look up information from books and the internet, but can't verify if all the information is true. Please don't ask questions about: 1. Pets. I am not a vet. Please contact a vet if your pet is ill. You may need to spend some money if you want your pet to live. Don't get a pet if you don't know how to look after it and if you can't provide it with the space, food and possible companions that will help it live a healthy life. Don't take animals from the wild, unless they are ill and/or injured and you can protect them until a wildlife charity can help. It is cruel to take animals from their parents, especially if the parents will look for the babies, while putting their other babies at risk. You may be breaking the law by keeping wild animals or you may need a licence to look after some species. Please check with a local wildlife group. 2. Eggs: Please don't remove eggs from nests. The mother birds provide the right temperature for the eggs and won't sit on them if the temperature is warm enough for them to develop naturally. It is illegal to remove eggs of some species and, unless you have an incubator or a broody hen, the egg may not develop. If you are allowed to touch the eggs, you can candle them to see if they are fertile. If theys aren't fertile, they won't hatch. 3. Fights: Please don't ask about fights between different animals. These questions assume that individuals of two species fight each time they meet and that one species will always be victorious over another. This is untrue. There are cases where a live mouse has been fed to a venomous snake, bitten the snake leading to the snake's demise. 4: Diseases: Please ask doctors or other medical experts about diseases that you may catch from animals. I can't advise on how to deal with viruses, bacteria etc.


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