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Laying and mating age?

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At about what age do ducks start laying eggs? What about mating?

Mine are 13weeks now and I'm wondering when I have to start egg-hunting. I'm not really looking to expand my flock!

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ducks are usually around 6 months old when they start laying. lol you still have some time.

stumble the peking hen, mumble the silkie hen, klutzy the swedish hen, loco yoko the white japanese hen, pebbles the runner hen, bam-bam the mixed drake, sookie the silkie hen, bill the silkie roo , spike the bearded dragon, little guy the leopard gecko, harvey the holland lop rabbit, and hazel a mixed rescue rabbit.
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stumble the peking hen, mumble the silkie hen, klutzy the swedish hen, loco yoko the white japanese hen, pebbles the runner hen, bam-bam the mixed drake, sookie the silkie hen, bill the silkie roo , spike the bearded dragon, little guy the leopard gecko, harvey the holland lop rabbit, and hazel a mixed rescue rabbit.
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I needed some new hens for my drake so I purchased 3 blue runner ducklings, week olds, in March and they were laying good in August. So they were 5 months. They were breeding a good month or so before that. It was once their feathers were all grown out when the drake took a liking to them. They tend to like the covered litter box I use for a nest box and I keep them in their night pen until around 8 a.m. so usually all the eggs are layed before I let them free range. Makes it easier to find the eggs and they stay cleaner.big_smile

runner ducks, chickens, polish, turkeys, cows, pigs, dogs, cats
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runner ducks, chickens, polish, turkeys, cows, pigs, dogs, cats
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Mine started laying recently at 20 weeks.  The drake started mating them at about 4 months.

See my crazy bunch at www.whatupduck.com .... 3 Khaki Campbell females and one 13 year old Pomeranian.........1 SH (sweet husband), 2 daughters (out of the nest :-)
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See my crazy bunch at www.whatupduck.com .... 3 Khaki Campbell females and one 13 year old Pomeranian.........1 SH (sweet husband), 2 daughters (out of the nest :-)
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