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One duck lays but the other doesn't, why????

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I'm trying to figure out why my other female runner duck isn't laying eggs. They are the same age and they will be a year old in April. I just don't get it. The one female has been laying an egg every day since she started other then last week. I've had the girls penned for the past week to give them a break from the boys. I have 3 boys to 2 girls and 1 male pekin duck. yes, I know, I need a girl from him. I'm trying to find one. Anyway, I just can't seem to figure out why the other duck isn't laying. There is now a 2 month old female with them and I'm afraid to let them with the boys. I feel the 2 month old duck is just to young to be mated with. Am I wrong??? I don't know what age is safe...... that's the only work I could think of..... LOL.

I have 12 4 day old baby ducks in my bathtub at the moment. Only 4 are females. No more hatching eggs from that duck...... she puts out all boys! They all have homes smile soon.

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Originally Posted by crj 

I'm trying to figure out why my other female runner duck isn't laying eggs. They are the same age and they will be a year old in April. I just don't get it. The one female has been laying an egg every day since she started other then last week. I've had the girls penned for the past week to give them a break from the boys. I have 3 boys to 2 girls and 1 male pekin duck. yes, I know, I need a girl from him. I'm trying to find one. Anyway, I just can't seem to figure out why the other duck isn't laying. There is now a 2 month old female with them and I'm afraid to let them with the boys. I feel the 2 month old duck is just to young to be mated with. Am I wrong??? I don't know what age is safe...... that's the only work I could think of..... LOL.

I have 12 4 day old baby ducks in my bathtub at the moment. Only 4 are females. No more hatching eggs from that duck...... she puts out all boys! They all have homes smile soon.


Sometimes it just happens! we would try to find the one that  wasn't laying and invite her to the dinner table, we didn't want to reproduce more of the same.

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I have 2 girls..  at 4 months Pookie laid for a month and quit... They are now 11 months and the OTHER one .Omlet  just started laying and Pookie hasnt yet......  Im sure they will both lay more regular as they mature.

1 DH, & 8 Calls .. Omlet, Ramrod, Blacktop, Holeshot, Luna, Seven, Riot, and Smudge.
And of course the One who made all this happen (me becoming Duck Obsessed) "HotRod"....(my wild wood duck)
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1 DH, & 8 Calls .. Omlet, Ramrod, Blacktop, Holeshot, Luna, Seven, Riot, and Smudge.
And of course the One who made all this happen (me becoming Duck Obsessed) "HotRod"....(my wild wood duck)
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I got 6 girls from Metzer last August. My J Pekin has been laying for about 3 weeks, 1 Runner for about 2 weeks and I got another greeny egg this morning, so thats 3 of them laying out of 6. I have no idea why some are laying and some arent.

~Nicky~
Mum to 5 Dogs, 2 Cats, 4 Mini Horses, 1 Mule, 1 QH, 5 Goats, 1 Goldfish. I have short fat white ducks and tall skinny coloured ducks, and a few geese And eggs in the bator.
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~Nicky~
Mum to 5 Dogs, 2 Cats, 4 Mini Horses, 1 Mule, 1 QH, 5 Goats, 1 Goldfish. I have short fat white ducks and tall skinny coloured ducks, and a few geese And eggs in the bator.
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Maybe ducks lay when they want too..... lol. It's as if the duck that doesn't lay doesn't want too. She wants to be a boy duck. It could be that she is confused. My fawn and white runner lays white eggs which may be just a little bigger then a jumbo egg. Could be close to that size, I'm not really sure. I haven't seen a jumbo egg in a long time....... lol. My young chickens are starting to lay now and they are small.

I didn't know ducks could take up to a year or more to lay eggs. Maybe they want to get it right or they haven't found the best nursery set up yet. Hmmmm..........

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haahaaa... well Mine are calls which are not strong layers anyway and can take longer to mature I guess...  smile

1 DH, & 8 Calls .. Omlet, Ramrod, Blacktop, Holeshot, Luna, Seven, Riot, and Smudge.
And of course the One who made all this happen (me becoming Duck Obsessed) "HotRod"....(my wild wood duck)
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1 DH, & 8 Calls .. Omlet, Ramrod, Blacktop, Holeshot, Luna, Seven, Riot, and Smudge.
And of course the One who made all this happen (me becoming Duck Obsessed) "HotRod"....(my wild wood duck)
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Maybe ducks lay when they want too..... lol. It's as if the duck that doesn't lay doesn't want too. She wants to be a boy duck.

I didn't know ducks could take up to a year or more to lay eggs. Maybe they want to get it right or they haven't found the best nursery set up yet. Hmmmm..........


Too Funny.

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My 4 female ducks will also be a year old in April and none have laid an egg yet! Its quite annoying now, but we're still hopeful every morning when we go to let them out that we'll eventually find one lol I think it'd be pretty unusual for me to have 4 ducks which don't lay...

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My 4 female ducks will also be a year old in April and none have laid an egg yet! Its quite annoying now, but we're still hopeful every morning when we go to let them out that we'll eventually find one lol I think it'd be pretty unusual for me to have 4 ducks which don't lay...


Wow, are you suuurrreee they are females??? hu

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Wow, are you suuurrreee they are females??? hu


Yeah they are. They were sold sexed as females and they do quack loudly and don't have any drake feathers, they just haven't laid yet for some reason! We're hoping now the weather is starting to warm up and the days are getting longer that it'll make them start...

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