Ducks not laying

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by rtj18175, Mar 15, 2018.

  1. rtj18175

    rtj18175 In the Brooder

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    Our two ducks were laying everyday until it got cold. I thought they layed right through the cold. Could they be hiding their eggs? I have looked everywhere and have not found any outside of their cubby.
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    They may just be taking their sweet time in starting back,
    How old are they?

    My Runners and Buffs laid like crazy for about 18 months straight then last fall they stopped and haven't started back yet. They will be 2 end of May. My Muscovies haven't started back yet either since last fall.
     
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  3. cheezenkwackers

    cheezenkwackers Songster

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    What kind are they? My Khakis layed through the winter and I thought had stopped a couple weeks ago. Turns out they were crossing their little legs and waiting to lay until they were let out. They hid their eggs under low bushes, buried in the leaves. After days of having egg hunts every morning, I put dummy eggs in the nest boxes. It worked for two of my girls. The third is still making me hunt! They could be hiding them on you.
     
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  4. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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    My ducks haven't laid in at least a month. So it's possible they aren't laying, but possible the eggs are hidden. Can you watch a duck from your window in the morning to see where she may go and lay a secret nest? Or lock them up for 24-48 hours and see if any eggs appear? Then you would at least know whether or not to keep searching for the nest.
     
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  5. rtj18175

    rtj18175 In the Brooder

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    They are pure white with orange beaks and feet. They are a year old and this is the first experience with ducks. The have an enclosed shelter with straw and they can come and go as they please. They used to bury them in their nest of straw, then stopped when I found them. That's when they quit laying, or maybe when the snow melts we might find a pile of eggs somewhere then!
     
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  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Pekins?
     

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