egg laying

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Terry71, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. Terry71

    Terry71 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there. Do I have to have nesting boxes like chickens in order for my ducks to lay? Or will they just lay anywhere in the duck coop?

    Thanks,

    Terry
     
  2. animal_lover03

    animal_lover03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nesting boxes are helpful, but you dont NEED them.
     
  3. txredneckmedic

    txredneckmedic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine just lay where ever
     
  4. the 412 chicks

    the 412 chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine laid in there pool LOL
     
  5. TK Poultry

    TK Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    Greencastle, Indiana
    mine lay in the pool in the corner or just where ever they decide they arnt picky but my chickens dont lay in boxes they all have a favorite corner in their pen
     
  6. Terry71

    Terry71 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks all.

    I will be looking for eggs everywhere from now on!

    Terry
     
  7. 10ducks

    10ducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put some nice nesting boxes in for my ducks; they lay everywhere but the boxes. I had heard that ducks usually wouldn't use them, but I was hoping they would, for the sake of keeping the eggs clean. Nope, they lay in the middle of the coop and everyone walks all over the eggs and gets them filthy. Even though I lay the straw in nice and deep and clean it out often. [​IMG]

    That reminds me, I've been meaning to ask, what do you all use for egg cleaning, either mechanical or chemical methods? I got some egg wash powder from McMurray which works pretty well, in combination with a dish scrub brush. But it's got chlorine in it, which I'd like to get away from. Has anyone used one of the enzyme cleaners?
     
  8. the 412 chicks

    the 412 chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    every day i get my duck eggs they are filthy.[​IMG]
     
  9. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    most ducks like a private place to lay and they usually like some ovehead cover. young ducks will drop them anywhere. another hint is to only put nesting material where you want to have eggs. an experienced duck will put a light layer of nesting material over her eggs so that they are out of sight when she leaves them.
     
  10. Duck Keeper

    Duck Keeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It helps if you put a golf ball or other 'fake egg' in a communal place (even better if it's a secluded place) so they get the idea to at least lay in the same general area.
     

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