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How long (lifespan) do ducks lay eggs? Mainly Muscovies

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I know chickens for egg laying, that most lay best within the first year to 18 months and then slow down after that. If varies per breed, etc.

Hubby and I were talking about getting these boys some babes this weekend and he wanted to know how long in their lifespan do ducks lay eggs? I want to make sure we get duck hens the same age or older than the boys(6 mo) but not so old that we defeat our purpose of getting some eggs out of this deal!

Thanks for the help!!

Crazy Mom to 2 teenage boys, 5 daycare kids, 2 dogs, 1 cat, 2 lizards, and Chicken Mom to 2 CM, 6 EE, 1 BO, 1 Black Sexlink,1 BCM, 1BLeghorn,1 Turken, 2 BR and 1 RIR plus Duck Mama to 5 Muscovy Ducks and growing......! I have an addiction!LOL
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Crazy Mom to 2 teenage boys, 5 daycare kids, 2 dogs, 1 cat, 2 lizards, and Chicken Mom to 2 CM, 6 EE, 1 BO, 1 Black Sexlink,1 BCM, 1BLeghorn,1 Turken, 2 BR and 1 RIR plus Duck Mama to 5 Muscovy Ducks and growing......! I have an addiction!LOL
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I have had ducks lay until their 7th and 8th year - but my ducks are not 'scovies - sorry.

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"Poultry- they may be your pets, they may be your hobby, they may be your livestock. But remember, if you fall down in the pen, unconscious? They WILL eat you." ~ Sally/Ranchie - we miss you.
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Fowl adventures happening daily       

"Poultry- they may be your pets, they may be your hobby, they may be your livestock. But remember, if you fall down in the pen, unconscious? They WILL eat you." ~ Sally/Ranchie - we miss you.
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I can tell you that my Sally, a Cayuga, is 9 years old and still laying.  I can't tell you about Muscovy's because mine are just going to be a year old on Valentines day. 

This is Sally.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/24335_20100323_12.jpg

Laurie

Bantam Wyandottes
Muscovy Ducks
Sebastopol Geese
Guineas
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Bantam Wyandottes
Muscovy Ducks
Sebastopol Geese
Guineas
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Mrs Duck-Duck will be 8 years old in August and she still lays very well. She is also my best broody 'scovy. smile

Rare Feathers Farm is located just outside of Okanogan, Washington. We specialize in rare and critically endangered poultry.
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Rare Feathers Farm is located just outside of Okanogan, Washington. We specialize in rare and critically endangered poultry.
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Originally Posted by katlovesaandw 

I know chickens for egg laying, that most lay best within the first year to 18 months and then slow down after that. If varies per breed, etc.


Muscovies aren't the most prolific layers around, perhaps 90 to 100 eggs a year or so.   We only keep our hens for around three years because it seems they lose 10 to 20% of their production for every year of life.  They also go broody in a heartbeat, which interferes with egg production.

For this reason we are planning on dumping our muscovy lineup after next summer.  There is too little demand for their meat where we are located, and their egg production is too poor to justify keeping them around for commercial purposes.   We are currently using pekins as a dual purpose bird with good success.

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so when ducks ley eggs do they just keep laying

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so when ducks ley eggs do they just keep laying

Well kinda, they will start laying around 5-7 months of age and will lay consistantly  for a while depending on the ducks breed of course, then they will take a couple weeks break and start up again. usually till molt then another break, when molt takes place usually in the fall of the year some breeds will quit laying till following spring as mine do being Muscovy. I havee 3 older girls 8yrs old and they very seldom ever lay and egg now, ducky menopause I suspect. When they are brooding they don't lay either. 


Edited by Miss Lydia - 10/13/12 at 6:08am

Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 15 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 13Muscovy ducks, 1 Embden Gander,2 Toulouse geese 1 American Buff, 3 mini Dachshunds, 1 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

 

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Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 15 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 13Muscovy ducks, 1 Embden Gander,2 Toulouse geese 1 American Buff, 3 mini Dachshunds, 1 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

 

http://www.godvine.com/Kari-Jobe-Powerfully-Sings-I-Am-Not-Alone--6360.html?utm_source=...

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I can tell you that my Sally, a Cayuga, is 9 years old and still laying.  I can't tell you about Muscovy's because mine are just going to be a year old on Valentines day. 

This is Sally.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/24335_20100323_12.jpg

Laurie

Wow! That's one old duck! And amazing that she is still laying!

And I LOVE how she has changed color. I have some Cayugas going on 3 years that just started to show some white feathers. They are so pretty and its fun how they change color!

NPIP CERTIFIED! Al's Quackery is a small duck farm in Southern Maine. I raise ducks, ducklings, geese, goslings and sell hatching eggs.
Ducks: Anconas (All colors),  Muscovy (black pied and barred, chocolate barred, lavender pied and barred, blue pied and NEW! ripples)

Call Ducks: "Ancona"/ magpie calls (black, chocolate and blue), white, blue penciled pied, silkie calls (snowy and dusky pattern)

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NPIP CERTIFIED! Al's Quackery is a small duck farm in Southern Maine. I raise ducks, ducklings, geese, goslings and sell hatching eggs.
Ducks: Anconas (All colors),  Muscovy (black pied and barred, chocolate barred, lavender pied and barred, blue pied and NEW! ripples)

Call Ducks: "Ancona"/ magpie calls (black, chocolate and blue), white, blue penciled pied, silkie calls (snowy and dusky pattern)

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Originally Posted by TennesseeTruly View Post

I can tell you that my Sally, a Cayuga, is 9 years old and still laying.  I can't tell you about Muscovy's because mine are just going to be a year old on Valentines day. 

This is Sally.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/24335_20100323_12.jpg

Laurie

So pretty!  I knew Cayugas get white feathers as they age, but I've never actually seen a pic.

 

My 3 year old Welsh Harlequin is still laying as well as she did 2 years ago.  She's the oldest duck I have right now.


Edited by ChristineR - 10/17/12 at 12:28pm

Ancona ducks  |  Sebastopol geese  |  Blue and Lavender American geese

 

 

 

 

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Ancona ducks  |  Sebastopol geese  |  Blue and Lavender American geese

 

 

 

 

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