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post #11 of 15
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.
post #12 of 15

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
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by lomine View Post

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?

post #14 of 15

I don't believe domestic breeds of ducks would mate for life nor be monogamous. The wild type might.

post #15 of 15

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.

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