1st egg

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by duckymomo, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. duckymomo

    duckymomo New Egg

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    I got up this morning to take my hen outside (she is an indoor pet.) when I opened her cage I noticed a grey/green something in the corner, an egg. I was very surprised since its two days before Christmas, we don't have any other ducks but we have 8 chickens 3 of which are roosters. My dad claims she laid it because she is content with her life and that's her appreciation. But my question is; is it possible being around the youngest rooster (same age as her) may have her thinking of settling down with babies. I've never owned or even petted a duck before her so I'm at a lose right now.
     
  2. crissycriss

    crissycriss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Her been inside has given her the extra light she needed to lay this winter.If she was outside she probaly wouldnt have laid till spring. I dont think she is really thinking of going broody right now. Plus without a drake (male duck) the eggs are not going to be fertile. Some people love duck eggs.Enjoy!!!! And congrats!!!
    Welcome to BYC from Alabama this is a great place to learn everything you need to know about chickens,ducks,etc.
     
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  3. Sinister

    Sinister Out Of The Brooder

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    I had one of my outdoor ducks start laying two days ago. No extra lights in the pen. Two others started on Dec. 4th.

    I was assuming I had to wait until spring as well, but well, there they were.
     
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  4. duckymomo

    duckymomo New Egg

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    Okay thanks, I should have looked into this a while back but I just assumed without a male around she wouldn't lay untill atleast mid spring if at all this year. Her diet is mostly corn, bread, and occasionally dog food or whatever I drop in the kitchen. Are there any changes I should make diet wise to make sure her and the eggs don't have any future problems?
     
  5. crissycriss

    crissycriss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well thats great! everything ive ever read was about them waiting to spring to lay if they didnt lay by early fall. I guess it just depends on the duck then.
     
  6. crissycriss

    crissycriss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would offer her some laying feed. some exrra calcium too in a side dish.
     

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