Mandarin breeding season
I was wondering if anyone could tell me what time of year mandarins usually start breeding. Thanks,
USUALLY, spring. Possibly, any time it's not freezing cold.
Thanks for the information Patrick.
Mine start laying in early April...often when it is freezing. I have to swap out eggs or be sure they're well covered. They'll lay a 2nd clutch if the eggs are hatched in the incubator or the ducklings are taken.
They only lay one clutch? I did not know that. For some reason, I assumed that they laid like my domestics...all through the season.
They are so beautiful, I have always wanted to raise them....but ducks here, are coyote fodder.
No, they'll lay again. When I wanted a whole bunch, I'd let her set for 25 days, then take the eggs & hatch them in the incubator. She'd lay another clutch in a couple weeks...avg. 12-14 eggs per clutch. Once he starts to molt in mid to late June, they're done.
Originally Posted by Angela
I love them, too.
Do you keep your Mandarins in an aviary?