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What age do Pekin Ducks start laying eggs

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My pekin is ~16 weeks of age and I wondered at what age do Pekin Ducks start laying eggs.


Edited by Aaron45765 - 3/18/12 at 6:03pm
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I don't know about Pekins from experience ( I had them decades ago and don't recall when they started laying), but I can tell you my little runners started around 16 weeks to 20 weeks (I have eleven, and it took a couple of months for everyone to begin laying).

 

I have read that larger duck breeds take a few to several weeks longer to begin, so I would think, all things being equal, that you would be looking for eggs in another one to two months.

 

A clue for me was that my runners started acting out mating behavior about a month before the first one started laying.

 

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Please PM me, or use @Amiga in the message if you would like to hear from me soon.  

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My Pekins started laying at about 7 months of age, but they did have to wait for winter to be over.

They are surprisingly good layers. Egg a day from each of them, no fail.

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I was wondering this today. Thinking about my 5 months old Pekin. She isn't laying (that I've found). I searched and found this answer. Thanks for the info! smile.png
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-Carrie

My spoiled bunch: 1 dog, 1 cat, 1 duck, 1 chicken, and an african clawed frog (with various fish).
Im a photographer (small business and photographer under university photographer at NSU), animal lover, crafter of all sorts, & one of those "green" people.
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I have 5 Pekins -- 4 ladies, 1 drake.  3 of the girls are a little over a year and I have been getting an egg a day from them.  Today there were 2 eggs in the nesting boxes, one was smaller in size. I'm wondering if maybe my younger girl started laying...so I found this thread here and now reading it, I'm not sure!  She's only about 5 months (from what I was told, we got her a couple months ago).  Hmm.

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Ours started laying at around 7 months. Surprising because she started in December. I figured we would end up having to wait till winter is over. Like like Amiga said Butter started mating with another duck (all of ours are female)and sure enough.....egg. So just watch for that, when you see her starting to surf you will have eggs within a week or so usually. It went that way for all 4 of our ducks. 

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I do not suffer from the effects of chicken math because I refuse to be a victim. Instead I am a fully admitted feather addict and loving every minute of it!

Loving and caring for... chickens, ducks, Dogs, and most importantly a wonderful Husband.

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post #7 of 9
My pekin started laying at 4 months
Raising two boys and a pampered pekin duck named Soleil (b. 3/12/2012)

Founding member of the Pekin Duck Club on BYC!

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/742668/pekin-duck-club
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Raising two boys and a pampered pekin duck named Soleil (b. 3/12/2012)

Founding member of the Pekin Duck Club on BYC!

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/742668/pekin-duck-club
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my pekin ducks are 4 months old should I start keeping watch on them

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my pekin ducks are 4 months old should I start keeping watch on them

well you can but if they have nice fluffy bedding they will most likely begin laying with whether your watching or not. But some ducks will try and find out of the way places to lay so any place they can get under you may want to block off to encourage them to lay in their house. That will make it easier to find their eggs once they start laying. also put out some Oyster shell and if you notice them eating them then that may give you a clue to them getting ready to lay.

Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 17 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 9Muscovy 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 17 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 9Muscovy 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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