does anyone know at what age, ducks start to lay?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by frankie5316, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. frankie5316

    frankie5316 Songster

    Feb 29, 2008
    Tucson, Arizona
    I was just curious. i got them as hatchlings in april or may. theyre big now. and also, how can i tell the sex?
  2. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    if they are male, they will get a drake feather. it's a curly feather that curls towards the head on their tush.
    ducks (females) have flat feathers on their tushes.

    i think they will start laying in Feb/March. not a duck expert though.
  3. frankie5316

    frankie5316 Songster

    Feb 29, 2008
    Tucson, Arizona
    Thanks. i never noticed the feathers on theyre tush! i will have to look! i hop i have girls!
  4. CindyS

    CindyS Songster

    Apr 14, 2008
    Geneseo, Illinois
    You can tell by the sound way before they get their feather. The drake will be raspy and the hen will quack. I have a friend who got some baby ducks in the spring and she is getting eggs now!
  5. Heather J

    Heather J Songster

    May 29, 2008
    It depends on what breed you've got too. musovies, for example, don't have drake feathers, but my cayuga,s khaki campbells and white pekins do.

    My babies ducks were shipped out April 30 last year and I know the female cayuga started laying in late December. There were just a few eggs, then nothing again until spring. She's a very intermittent layer, but I haven't seen any of her eggs for a couple of months.

    The muscovies seem to lay only when it's warm, but again, I'm not sure how old my hen was when I got her. Her first eggs started mid summer, but she may have been from a late summer hatching. So she may have been too young to lay before that.
  6. Floppy

    Floppy In the Brooder

    Aug 20, 2008
    i got my ducks in april as babies and my hen duck started laying at about 5 months old [​IMG]
  7. OzarkCountryGirl

    OzarkCountryGirl Songster

    Apr 27, 2008
    Ozark Highlands
    I had a Welsh Harlequin that was hatched out the end of March and had her first egg October 5th, so she was just over 6 months. But she has laid an egg every single day since then. I knew they were good layers, but she lays better than the chickens. [​IMG]

    As far as telling the difference, there is a bill color difference on the Welsh that's noticable when they hatch. But I've also found that with most breeds (the exception being the Muscovies) the drakes are so quite and give more like whisper quacks while the hens are very vocal. When our three female ducklings sound off, you would think our backyard was one of the state duck conservation areas. [​IMG]

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