Choosing the drake for breeding...

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Choosing the drake for breeding...

Postby Kracka » Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:59 pm

"When you go down to the pond today take a look at the beaks of the male ducks, as they eagerly chow down on the bread you throw for them. The ones with the brightest beaks are probably looking particularly smug, especially in mating season. Because the bright beaks of male ducks indicate good sperm - not just the most fertile sperm, the most antibiotic too. Female ducks prefer to mate with males who can give them babies, and give them a strong dose of medicine to ward off infections at the same time."

I found this quote on msn - with some other facts about the weirdest males of nature

okay, not everything you see online is true - but I've never heard of this??
I can see how a brightly coloured bird might have a link to good health - but some sort of antibiotic?
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Re: Choosing the drake for breeding...

Postby sewren » Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:31 pm

I'm doubtful - I just did a quick search on Google Scholar (search of journal articles) for "duck sperm antibiotic" and the only thing I could see was antibiotics being used to preserve sperm for artificial insemination. I did only look at the first couple of pages, though.... :?
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