Best duck breed for eggs?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Donnigan, May 16, 2016.

  1. Donnigan

    Donnigan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3 pekin ducks( 1 male 2 female). They usually lay 2 eggs a day. But they eat a TON! What duck breeds lay well and don't eat as much?
     
  2. LovesAGoodYolk

    LovesAGoodYolk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    buy some barley and wheat seeds from a farm store, farm co-op, etc. make fodder. if you don't know how to do this, just look it up on Pinterest. it will GREATLY reduce your feed bill and the ducks love it.
     
  3. Khasimir

    Khasimir Just Hatched

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    We have 13 Golden 300's that lay an egg/day per female and we go through a 40ilb bag of feed probably every 1.5 - 2 weeks. They free range outside and we give them vegetable scraps as well during the day time. At night they get the feed when they are inside their pen. So I guess that would be about 3-4 ilbs a day for 13 ducks.
    During the winter, it's about a bag per week, so I suppose it's nearly 6 ilbs per day then.
     
  4. HeatherD42

    HeatherD42 Out Of The Brooder

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    The lighter breeds known for egg laying ability are Indian Runner, Khaki Campbell, Welsh Harlequin and Magpie. Ancona are medium weight breed that lays as well as Magpie if not better. I believe Golden Cascade are medium weight also? I've had Welsh Harlequin and Ancona and loved them both
     
  5. cayugaducklady

    cayugaducklady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3 cayuga hens. My fourth hen was killed before she started laying.

    I've been getting 3-5 eggs a day since they started laying in December. My girls average around 8 lbs. I consider them to be economical keepers. I mix my own feed for them.

    The eggs do have a grayish-black coating on them. so if you want to sell the eggs it may turn some people off.

    I have no trouble giving eggs away and I frequently share them with my favorite merchants in town.
     
  6. Duck Drover

    Duck Drover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The Australian Spotted duck is the best layer of the bantam breeds. They lay chicken sized eggs but the ducks only weigh about 2 pounds. They are also the best foragers so their feed to egg conversion is the most economical.
     
  7. RavenClawPekin6

    RavenClawPekin6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Khaki cambells lay almost everyday and they don't eat that much but they are very loud
     

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