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Encouraging egg laying.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by birdman4259, Oct 15, 2014.

  1. birdman4259

    birdman4259 In the Brooder

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    Is there a way to encourage my Khakis to start laying. I have 6 khakis one indian runner and a rouen. All ducks are just over 6 mths. Is this still too early to expect eggs? If they are old enough is there anything that will help get them started. They are fed a layer crumb along with a 5 grain scratch. Any advice would be appreciated.
    Thanks in advance. Sandy.
     
  2. Carollynn

    Carollynn In the Brooder

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    I am in the same boat as you. I have 4 ducks. I get one egg? Everyone is over 6 months.
     
  3. PotatoWaffles

    PotatoWaffles Songster

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    I've had my two ducks for about three weeks now, and the female hadn't laid since we got her. I read that you can put dummy eggs in with the ducks to encourage laying. Last night, I placed three golf balls in the pen where she's been bedding down. When they came in for the night, she tucked them underneath herself and flopped down. This morning, I found her first egg since we've had her. Maybe that could work for you? I've heard you can also use hard boiled eggs or sand filled plastic Easter eggs as dummy eggs.

    ~PW
     
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2014
  4. Amykins

    Amykins Crowing

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    I kind of had a similar question for first-time layers. I have a call duck, who are the worst layers on 'em all, but they do start laying around 4 months. Welp, she's 17 weeks now, but since the breeding season is long gone for calls, I don't know if she's gonna lay now, or not start until next year. Any call duck owners that can weigh in on this?
     
  5. birdman4259

    birdman4259 In the Brooder

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    That's a good idea. I will try that. Thanks for the response everyone.
     
  6. Dwen

    Dwen Songster

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    With calls and other bantams, it takes much longer before they start. Your call will probably lay her first egg next spring. As far as I know, mallards are the only bantam that lays throughout the year, though only domestic mallards.
     

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