Ducks laying in the back of the run?! Why?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by DUCKGIRL89, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    2 of my 3 welsh harlequin hens began laying this week. (one monday, 1 today) and they keep laying ALL the way in the back of the run, in the poop! Is there anyway to keep them from laying there? I hate walking through all the mud/poop to get the the eggs!

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I built a little shelter for my muscovy hen and added some straw. I put a fake egg in there (one of those plastic easter eggs you put candy in) she laid all but 1 of her eggs in there.

    You don't need a shelter but try building a nest, make a hole in the ground 1-2 " deep and fill with straw. I swirled mine like the chickens have theirs.

    Put an egg in there and hope for the best. I would leave an egg in there at all times, fake or real.
     
  3. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, thanks! Good idea. My rouen hen likes to lay hers right near the fence, so all I need to do is reach my hand through the fence..... I guess im spoiled lol.... But shes going broody :oops:

    Hows your scovy mama doing? My rouen decided she wants to be a mama :rolleyes: to bad I have no fertile eggs being laid.... 6 drakes, but no hatchible eggs :barnie any tips on having a broody duck?
     
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  4. grawg

    grawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My runners used to lay their eggs wherever. They stopped once the khakis were introduced as the khakis would make a nest in the corner of the house and lay their eggs there. After a couple weeks the runners followed suit.

    Maybe you could try making a straw nest and leaving some "marker" eggs in there?
     
  5. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    You could also try letting them out later so they lay in their house and not in the run.
     
  6. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are not locked up at night. They get the house, and run 24/7, then I open the gate to the yard in the morning for free ranging (after I collect eggs)

    Hopfully they decide to start laying in the duck houses...
     
  7. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    Then your best bet would be getting a couple of fake eggs and placing them where you want them to lay. If you can't afford fake eggs, egg shaped rocks work also.
     

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