egg layers

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by birdman4259, Aug 11, 2014.

  1. birdman4259

    birdman4259 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am new to keeping ducks so will have lots of questions. Lets start with do I need a drake for them to lay? I have chickens too and was hoping to keep them in the same coop? Do ducks use a nestbox like chickens ? Or just some straw or shavings on the floor?
    Thanks in advance for any input.

    Sandy
     
  2. Onlyducks

    Onlyducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ducks lay whether or not there is a drake. The only difference is the eggs are infertile without the drake. Some ducks will lay in a next box, some lay on a nest they make from straw or shavings and some just lay anywhere. I have put ceramic eggs in the nest area to encourage the ducks to lay the eggs there, but that's not a sure thing. Last year, all my Pekins laid in the nest area they made with their pine shavings. This year, my muscovies lay in the nest about 80% of the time. Just depends on the duck. I don't know if chickens lay every day, but ducks don't always do so. This year, I have 5 female muscovies and am currently getting one egg per day. A couple tried sitting on the eggs, which slows or stops production.
     
  3. birdman4259

    birdman4259 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the reply. I am assuming that any nestbox should be at ground level?
     
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    Onlyducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    birdman4259 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks again.
     

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