At what age do Runners start laying

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Pheasant283, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. Pheasant283

    Pheasant283 Out Of The Brooder

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    Have 3 runners, 1 drake and 2 ducks. I think...... They are about 12 weeks old. Just wondering how old Runners are when they start to lay?
    Thanks!
     
  2. Eroc1_1

    Eroc1_1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Probably around the 16-24 week range. Depends on each duck.
     
  3. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine were about 5 1/2 months when they started laying. And they laid anywhere at first. My black and blue females lay green eggs. My F&W laid white.
     
  4. Pheasant283

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    Ok, so the next question is: I live in South Dakota, if it starts to get cold and wintery about the time they are supposed to start laying will they lay or wait until next spring to start? And one more question: do they lay their eggs in a nest box, or just where ever they please. They do not go in the chicken coop, and I have a dog house in their pen, but they have never went in that. So what could I set up for a nest box?
     
  5. Eroc1_1

    Eroc1_1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:If you keep a light on so that they get at least 16 hours of light a day....they will lay for you this fall/winter. We are using a timer for the ones we have. If you don't want to do that, then, more than likely they will start to lay in the spring.

    They may lay in a nesting box if you add a golf ball or something so that they know to lay there. Otherwise i would say they will lay where ever they want especially when they start to lay. You could use storage bins.
     

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