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Do ducks lay eggs like chickens do?

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Do ducks lay eggs like chickens or do they only lay one clutch once a year? I am thinking about raising a couple and selling the eggs but don't know if they lay all year or just in the spring.  Need duck advice as I have never had them. Thanks

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post #2 of 10

Mine tend to lay on and off all year, but aren't consistent about it.  They lay for a couple weeks, take a break, lay for a week, take a break, lay one egg, take a break, lay a couple weeks, etc....

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post #3 of 10

I think that most domestic ducks lay throughout the year.  Not that I'm an expert. hmm

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Different breeds of ducks do have different laying habits. With some of the more domesticated breeds- A duck can lay for for many months on end and only stop when molting or in winter-  Indian Runners & Khaki Campbells are good egg layers- While some of the ornamental breeds may only lat a small number once or twice a year.

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post #5 of 10

Kahki Campbells, runners, Welsh Harlequins, and some of the hybrids all lay very well , and some say better than most chickens.  They also stay highly productive for many years.

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What about Rouens? Are they known to be good layers also? I am new to the whole "duck thing" but I know someone who would rather buy duck eggs to eat than chicken.  My banty chicken just hatched 5 ducklings for me last night and I don't want to keep them all if they are only going to be pets and not producers.

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post #7 of 10

Rouens are classified as a general-purpose breed according to Storey's Guide To Raising Ducks.  Mostly raised to be roasters.  I would imagine (though don't know for sure) that being general-purpose, you would get some eggs out of them.  But being bred as a heavy breed probably means not as many as the other breeds that were bred for egg production.  They are handsome birds though, IMO.

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Originally Posted by duckyfromoz 

Different breeds of ducks do have different laying habits. With some of the more domesticated breeds- A duck can lay for for many months on end and only stop when molting or in winter-  Indian Runners & Khaki Campbells are good egg layers- While some of the ornamental breeds may only lat a small number once or twice a year.


Agree with this. 1 other reason not to lay is if they go broody. Ours did take a break for a couple months in the winter and some when broody, but other than that, an egg a day.

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Originally Posted by chickboss 

Kahki Campbells, runners, Welsh Harlequins, and some of the hybrids all lay very well , and some say better than most chickens.  They also stay highly productive for many years.


This is the info I've gotten from 'experts' also.  Not all ducks do, but if you get a good layer such as those breeds mentioned above, they can put chickens to shame...plus BIGGER 'butterier' eggs, yum! smile

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~Proud mama of 1 daughter, 1 son, 1 rat terrier,  Duck raising since 4/21/10.~ Starting to get the hang of it!
** 4/21/10  Cayuga "Darth Vader", 3/24/11  Rouen "Luke Skywalker", BC "Poseidon", 3/24/12 Rouen "Leia", KC "Calypso", KC "name tbd."**

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post #10 of 10

Hi,

There are so many similar questions on this subject.

Here's what I've just posted to a similar thread:

Hi,

Here's the stats of my egg laying monster:

Make: English White Campbell
D.O.B.:   15th May 2009
1st Egg:  2nd Sept 2009
Age when 1st laid: 17 weeks
Eggs laid: 1 per day, everyday without fail before 7am and still going strong. Snow, malting, dark winter has not affected her at all. She's on for 360+ / yr at this rate.
Conditions: Treated as a pet, loves being stroked and sitting on your lap. Sleeps with 3 chickens in a coup. Freeranges in 200m^2 garden all day then in on an evening for strokes.

Here's a link to pics and more details on my duck:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=300092


Hope that helps.

Woka

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