Broody duck - now all not laying!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by suburbfarmgirl, Nov 25, 2014.

  1. suburbfarmgirl

    suburbfarmgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    I have three Welsh Harlequin females, plus a drake. One of the girls went broody about 10 days ago. I am hoping to have them hatch out babies - but not in November! I let her sit for two days while I thought about if it was practical to let her try to hatch them, then decided it wasn't a good idea, so I took the three eggs she was sitting on. For two days after that she laid an egg each day and sat, and I took it. The other girls all stopped laying, but none of them went broody. Now - no eggs at all!

    I got the ducks at 12 months old in July and they molted when I brought them home. 8 weeks later they started laying an egg a day. We got about 1 month of eggs - and now none! We're a more than a little frustrated since we've basically spent $20 per egg as of right now! Did I completely screw this up by letting her sit those two days? Or could it be something else? We had a big cold snap (like 20 degrees colder than the week before). Could that have been the cause of them stopping?

    Since we've only had them laying for a month, I have them under lights to have them lay through the winter.

    Do you think they will they start laying again?

    Thanks!
     
  2. suburbfarmgirl

    suburbfarmgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Also, the duck who was originally broody, is not trying to sit anymore. She's out and about all day. The weather got much warmer this week too - back to the 40s-high 50s.
     

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