Ducks lay eggs at what age?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Laskaland, Nov 9, 2008.

  1. Laskaland

    Laskaland ThE gRoOvY cHiCkEn

    Aug 2, 2008
    Nebraska
    Do they get to be about 24 weeks, like chickens?
    Thanks
    Christina
     
  2. raindrop

    raindrop Chillin' With My Peeps

    712
    4
    151
    Feb 10, 2008
    Western Oregon
    I think it can depend on breed, day length, and what they are fed. Mine started at about 17-18 weeks.
     
  3. willowcol

    willowcol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    Macclesfield NC
    My Rouen ducks were hatched the first week of April and she started laying the beginning of Sept. daily.
     
  4. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

    4,889
    16
    261
    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    There is a minimum age, but most ducks are seasonal layers meaning shortening day length and colder temperatures kick them into breeding and laying.
     
  5. Laskaland

    Laskaland ThE gRoOvY cHiCkEn

    Aug 2, 2008
    Nebraska
    Thanks so much for the replies, friends!
    I don;t even know what kind I have! They came in a barnyard mix of eggs and I hatched the crazies myself [​IMG]
    Anyway, I'll post some photos today.
    Hugs and thanks
    Christina
     
  6. Hoover67

    Hoover67 Chillin' With My Peeps

    243
    0
    119
    May 31, 2008
    Huntsville
    Quote:I am surprised that they lay and raise their young during the cold months!!! Hmmmm. Maybe I should look for some now instead of the spring!!!

    Michele
     
  7. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

    4,889
    16
    261
    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    Some hatcheries use artifical light to keep their waterfowl laying year around.

    You'll find under natural conditions, though, your waterfowl will make their nests in the winter. You won't find goslings/ducklings available from the good breeders after May.
     
  8. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    Well, my ducks will be 20 weeks old on Christmas Eve...maybe I'll get a present from them this year!

    I've never eaten duck eggs before, and I'm a little impatient to try one!
     
  9. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

    4,889
    16
    261
    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    My ducks tend to hide the eggs very well; that or randomly drop them on the driveway. I have to be really sure they're fresh because I think if I popped open a rotten one I'd forever be scarred.
     
  10. jubylives

    jubylives Chillin' With My Peeps

    452
    1
    149
    Mar 23, 2007
    Central Iowa
    Quote:That would explain why my drakes are just now starting to get frisky. I had my snowy drake come dangerously to molesting my gery drake. Boy was the grey ticked off.


    Jeremy
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by