How can I get my muscovies to lay in the winter?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by freevillein, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. freevillein

    freevillein Out Of The Brooder

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    You guys have been so awesome in helping me and answering my questions that I thought I'd lob another one at you. This is my first winter with ducks. I have muscovies in an unheated (but fairly snug) house with access to an open pen. I live in New York state, so it gets pretty cold, but they seem to be doing fine. The thing is, I'd like to get them to start laying again. I currently have a light that comes on from about 4 to 8:30pm. Will that work? Should I do different hours? Do I need a special light? Or does temperature have something to do with it? My chicken is still laying like normal, light or no light. I just have to get the egg before it freezes.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Muscovies in my experience have always been seasonal layers. I would guess that extending day light hours might get them to lay, but I am not sure. If extensive egg production is your goal, there are breeds that are better suited for that purpose.
     
  3. freevillein

    freevillein Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm in the process of trying to get better egg breeds. But I do like my muscovies for their broodiness (I'm planning to use them to set everybody's eggs next year). I was just wondering for this winter, because my ducks kind of stopped laying while I still had outstanding orders for their eggs...

    But if they're seasonal layers, perhaps I'm just out of luck... :/
     
  4. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    As said their seasonal, i don't think a light will change that in the least, mine usually stop Oct and resume by Feb, to be perfectly honest i think birds need the rest, yes, i know there are higher production egg layers but that comes with trade-offs. You have to sort which matters most. In prime season i consider in my experience Muscovy to be of decent laying quality.
     

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