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I have a few questions. Also for anyone else that has questions, you can post them here. smile.png
What's the best age to butcher a duck?
When do ducks start laying?
How successful are nesting boxes?
Will ducks breed and brood in the fall?
Thanks everyone. smile.png
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I have a few questions. Also for anyone else that has questions, you can post them here. smile.png
What's the best age to butcher a duck?
When do ducks start laying?
How successful are nesting boxes?
Will ducks breed and brood in the fall?
Thanks everyone. smile.png


As with all living things, there can be multiple answers.  Depending on the breed and size, ducks can be butchered anywhere from two months on...

    Most start laying in the 5-7 month range and they always made nests on the floor (corner) of their coop.  They don't seem to want to hop up and use a nesting box.

    While ducks might breed in the fall, they probably wouldn't brood.  It seems many breeds no longer go broody, but if you want fall babies you could probably use an incubator.

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As with all living things, there can be multiple answers.  Depending on the breed and size, ducks can be butchered anywhere from two months on...
    Most start laying in the 5-7 month range and they always made nests on the floor (corner) of their coop.  They don't seem to want to hop up and use a nesting box.
    While ducks might breed in the fall, they probably wouldn't brood.  It seems many breeds no longer go broody, but if you want fall babies you could probably use an incubator.
Thanks. I have Rouens which I've heard are good, instinctual birds and often brood their ducklings. I'm so excited to get the first egg smile.png
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