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Do Runners lay all year?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by FrenchToast, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. FrenchToast

    FrenchToast "Draft Apple Ridge" a Bit from Heaven

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    We have several pair of Runners and they quit laying about 3 weeks ago. So did our chickens but the chickens have picked up again. Ducks haven't. We live is Northern WI .

    I have customers waiting for Duck eggs and I don't know what to tell them. This will be our first winter with them since they started laying??

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. featherfinder

    featherfinder Runner Lover

    Im in Florida and my runners are still laying. I heard they lay all year round. Any changes for them lately that could have interupted egg laying?
     
  3. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Just tell your costumers your ducks quit laying. and if they still want eggs, tell them you will have more in spring... Easy as that..
     
  4. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    Quote:Just tell your costumers your ducks quit laying. and if they still want eggs, tell them you will have more in spring... Easy as that..

    It is my understanding runners lay year round. I would guess a recent change in diet or hosing maybe? Just let the customers know they took some time off from laying and you will notify when eggs are available again. No need to make your customers think they have till spring to wait unless you know 100% this to be true.
     
  5. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

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    Mine lay pretty much year round. I also hatch year round too- so have a range of ages in my flock. Just about the time when the older girls are giving up for a short break while molting I have younger ones starting up.

    Have you done any reasearch into adding a light to the pen at night ? Increasing the daylight hours can keep them laying but it does mess with their molting routine as well.
     

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