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getting reay to lay??

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by caryrachel, Jul 4, 2016.

  1. caryrachel

    caryrachel Just Hatched

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    Hello everyone. I was just wondering if there are ways to tell if my k.cambell is ready to start laying??
     
  2. Welshies

    Welshies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are multiple ways. Ducks can't lay and molt at the same time, so she must be done molting and usually ducks start laying anywhere from 4-8 months. If she is ready to lay, her pelvis will be wider than a drake's (if they're the same size), her vent will moisten and widen, and her abdomen will drop. Dark colored birds also often get dark splotches on their bills as they lay, but pink beaks pale out during laying.
     
  3. caryrachel

    caryrachel Just Hatched

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    Thank you. She's not molting and her abdomen has dropped. Ill keep watching out. These are my first ducks so I'm super excited.
     
  4. Welshies

    Welshies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good for you! :celebrate
    Watch for the eggs- they may be hidden underneath shavings. Ducks lay in early morning so when you let them out in the morning they should have laid. Do you have nest boxes?
     
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  5. caryrachel

    caryrachel Just Hatched

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    No i don't. i didn't know if they'd make their own nests or they need boxes. they bed down in straw we get from our family farm. should i make nesting boxes and if so what's good dimensions for my ladies if u don't mind my asking.
     
  6. Welshies

    Welshies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    okay. Ducks don't usually use nesting boxes but if you want them to use them, use golf balls or false chicken eggs to show them "it's safe". 12" by 12" by 18" high is usually good, you can always use one half of a dog kennel.
     

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