Do ducks lay eggs like chickens do?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ctaynton, Apr 27, 2010.

  1. ctaynton

    ctaynton Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 12, 2010
    Eastern Oregon
    Do ducks lay eggs like chickens or do they only lay one clutch once a year? I am thinking about raising a couple and selling the eggs but don't know if they lay all year or just in the spring. Need duck advice as I have never had them. Thanks
  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    Mine tend to lay on and off all year, but aren't consistent about it. They lay for a couple weeks, take a break, lay for a week, take a break, lay one egg, take a break, lay a couple weeks, etc....
  3. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

    Jul 16, 2009
    best coast
    I think that most domestic ducks lay throughout the year. Not that I'm an expert. [​IMG]
  4. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

    Jan 11, 2010
    Different breeds of ducks do have different laying habits. With some of the more domesticated breeds- A duck can lay for for many months on end and only stop when molting or in winter- Indian Runners & Khaki Campbells are good egg layers- While some of the ornamental breeds may only lat a small number once or twice a year.
  5. chickboss

    chickboss Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2010
    Kahki Campbells, runners, Welsh Harlequins, and some of the hybrids all lay very well , and some say better than most chickens. They also stay highly productive for many years.
  6. ctaynton

    ctaynton Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 12, 2010
    Eastern Oregon
    What about Rouens? Are they known to be good layers also? I am new to the whole "duck thing" but I know someone who would rather buy duck eggs to eat than chicken. My banty chicken just hatched 5 ducklings for me last night and I don't want to keep them all if they are only going to be pets and not producers.
  7. chickboss

    chickboss Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2010
    Rouens are classified as a general-purpose breed according to Storey's Guide To Raising Ducks. Mostly raised to be roasters. I would imagine (though don't know for sure) that being general-purpose, you would get some eggs out of them. But being bred as a heavy breed probably means not as many as the other breeds that were bred for egg production. They are handsome birds though, IMO.
  8. froggie71

    froggie71 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2009
    Shamong, NJ
    Quote:Agree with this. 1 other reason not to lay is if they go broody. Ours did take a break for a couple months in the winter and some when broody, but other than that, an egg a day.
  9. maralynn28

    maralynn28 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2010
    Corpus Christi, TX
    Quote:This is the info I've gotten from 'experts' also. Not all ducks do, but if you get a good layer such as those breeds mentioned above, they can put chickens to BIGGER 'butterier' eggs, yum! [​IMG]
  10. Wokawidget

    Wokawidget Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2009

    There are so many similar questions on this subject.

    Here's what I've just posted to a similar thread:


    Here's the stats of my egg laying monster:

    Make: English White Campbell
    D.O.B.: 15th May 2009
    1st Egg: 2nd Sept 2009
    Age when 1st laid: 17 weeks
    Eggs laid: 1 per day, everyday without fail before 7am and still going strong. Snow, malting, dark winter has not affected her at all. She's on for 360+ / yr at this rate.
    Conditions: Treated as a pet, loves being stroked and sitting on your lap. Sleeps with 3 chickens in a coup. Freeranges in 200m^2 garden all day then in on an evening for strokes.

    Here's a link to pics and more details on my duck:

    Hope that helps.


BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by