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Got 4 eggs out of Pekin ducks house

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by chickchoon1, Jan 27, 2015.

  1. chickchoon1

    chickchoon1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    this VERY cold morning. She hasn't laid, to my knowledge, since October and the last week shes been in her covered kennel with her buddy, a Call drake, and I have never investigated what their lay cycles are so am curious if anybody knows Pekins and if they lay, pretty much, only in certain seasons? She is almost 1 year and I have had Pekin ducks in the past but don't remember keeping track of their egg production. My other Pekins lived to 8-11 yrs old so I know they don't continue laying as they get really old but am just curious if they lay in January in bitter cold? OBVIOUSLY she has for the last 4 days but given the upset on farm lately with hawk predation(thats why, along with all the snow, they are penned up) and the fact its the middle of winter I am surprised she laid Welcome surprise!.
     
  2. holm25

    holm25 Jr Chicken Wrangler

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    It gets -20 here if not colder and our hen lays year around and almost everyday she will takes a few days off but I don't blame her.
     
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  3. chickchoon1

    chickchoon1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I wouldn't have expected every day because I know my chickens naturally slow down but she WAS laying daily starting from her first lay at appx. 12 weeks old(but then quit in October so I assumed that was a cycle but guess not). Hope she keeps it up because her eggs are so big and it keeps us fed.
     
  4. needlessjunk

    needlessjunk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you sure she was 12 weeks when she started laying? That is insanely early.
     
  5. chickchoon1

    chickchoon1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep. I agree but I had just bought her(really nice sellers that live urban and had nice/HUGE penned area) and that was the only way THEY figured it was a female because 2 of their 3 Pekins were laying. All 3 months old. She was 10 lbs already, also, at 12 weeks old so that seemed odd to me.I sex by their vocals and needed a female(I was down to just a lonely drake Call)and wanted a large duck for a couple of reasons. Sellers seemed extremely honest and given the time of year(mid July) and the fact they said they had purchased end of march ducklings from TSC I believed them. Is it possible Pekins lay early because traditionally they are slaughtered early(meat birds) and its kind of like feral cats that go into heat at 3 months of age(because they die so young, oftentimes) trying to beat death? Most of my ducks have been gotten as rescues and were adults already when obtained so I don't know when they start.(ooooh-did the math and they WERE closer to 4 months so I am sort of a liar!)
     
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