Can ducks lay 2 eggs a day? - Page 2
My girls have gone into overdrive after last weeks almost 80 degree days. I have 3 layers and only 3 ducks and I started getting either 4 or 5 eggs a day last week. At first I thought they were old eggs I'd missed in the nest box so I emptied it and put in all new straw again.
They're all normal sized and hard shelled.
They've run through a bag of oyster shell in the past week.
Edited by cayugaducklady - 3/15/16 at 9:50am
Getting two eggs a day is not unheard of but it is a bit unusual to get them consistently. It takes 25 hours for an egg to go through the process of being made by a chicken so I assume it's about the same for a duck. I have an all hen flock and my ducks mount each other sometimes, especially in the big kiddie pool. If they are both quacking you have two hens. Also a drake would have a tail curl is the breed comes from Mallards.
thanks for that. Today I spoke to the man whose eggs I hatched and he said the same thing: have they got a tail curl? If not, I have 2 girls. Well, 2 girls it is then. So, I guess I need to retrieve those eggs from my broody and think again. New question: DO DUCKS MATE FOR LIFE? ARE THEY MONOGAMOUS?
We have a pekin who would lay two a day for her first few months (not every day, but usually once a week). Sometimes both were fine, and sometimes one was soft or shell-less. After they took a little break this winter, she started laying two a day every couple days again, finally balancing out after a month or so. She did not seem all bothered about it and is as healthy as her cayuga sisters, so don't worry too much about it.