Breeds that lay all year?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by chasing ducks, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. chasing ducks

    chasing ducks Songster

    Mar 30, 2010
    New Hampshire
    My ducks have just started laying and a thought occurred to me (Kind of dumb that this didn't hit me earlier) do all breeds lay all year? Can anyone tell me if any of these breeds lay all year:

    golden 300 hybrids
    white hybrids
    fawn and white runners
    black runners
    chocolate runners
    blue runners
    blue swedish
    black swedish
    welsh harlequin

    Just curious, I have 36 females right now because of the demand for duck eggs at the farmers markets, but what am I going to do this winter when there are no farmers markets if they lay all year? Maybe I'll scramble the extras and feed them back to them.
  2. Featherland

    Featherland Songster

    Dec 28, 2007
    If you don't want them to lay throughout the winter give them less light. They recommend 14 hours of light a day for winter months but some will lay with only 12 in my experience. So I would go with less than that. A heat lamp counts as light.
  3. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    You should consider building a customer base for winter. Tell them that you sell year around, pending on the ducks, and they can pick it up at xyz place. You can also consider a delivery service, if there is not to much driving around involved. Many may be fine with paying a premium for this kind of service, because they are getting better eggs.

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