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Duck questions

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Gypsydals, Sep 1, 2014.

  1. Gypsydals

    Gypsydals Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a couple of duck questions. At what age does a hen start laying eggs? She keeps going up to a small hollow at the base of the tree and quacks while staring at it. I have one who is 6 months old. I do believe she is a Peking. And will a male attempt to breed a hen if she is not ready to lay? Also does it matter if they are not all the same breed? I have a male Khaki Campbell and a female Peking.
     
  2. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A boy duck will breed with anything if he feels like it is necessary - has nothing to do if the receiving duck is ok with it or not, breed or species, and nothing to do with if they are laying or not.
    A pekin would typically be laying by around 6 months. Are they in a pen that you can easily find eggs or in a larger area where you might need to play hide and seek?
     
  3. Gypsydals

    Gypsydals Out Of The Brooder

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    Both, They have the ability to roam and a pen to go into. They do stick fairly close to the pen though.
     
  4. KARy408

    KARy408 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 4 Pekin hens, no drake. At about 5 months they got all hormonal and started play mounting each other, but that's died down now (though one of my girls, sadly, still really wants to get nailed!). They started laying right on cue at 6 months (between 23 & 25 weeks from what I can tell) towards the end of this past August. They spend most of their time in their run or pool, but always have access to a coop with deep bedding for nesting. Some of them have figured it out, some have not. I think at least 2 are laying in the coop now, but someone still really likes to lay right on the ground in front of the door to their run (like, "hey mom, look what I made for you today!"). I found our first egg in their pool, 3 or 4 have been rolled under ramps. Most of the eggs laid in the coop are invisible until I've dug them out!

    As your duck begins to lay, she's just learning as well and it can take some time to figure it out. On the other hand, if your pair is mating and she's gone broody at all, she may be hiding your eggs somewhere. I would definitely launch an egg hunt where they are roaming...she should be laying by now so you have some investigating to do!

    You can also stick a dummy egg/nest where you want her to lay, to try and train her. But my girls seemed to know the plastic eggs I used were fake and didn't take to the coop until I removed them.
     
  5. Gypsydals

    Gypsydals Out Of The Brooder

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    She has a big old nest in their duck house now. She's got is all hollowed out in there. Right down to the flooring. And she was not a happy camper when I was checking the inside of the house out. Sadly she still needs a name.
     

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