How do I get her to lay?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by obsidianembrace, May 29, 2010.

  1. obsidianembrace

    obsidianembrace Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2009
    I have two call ducks, bonnie and clyde. We would like bonnie to lay eggs now that it's warmer (she laid multiple eggs during the winter, but it was 30 degrees and below so any fertilized eggs died) and then we'll bring them in and incubate them. we switched their food to a mix of more powdery stuff with no corn in it that the guy at the ranch store said had more protein and would help her lay eggs. do you guys think that will actually help? what can we do to help her lay eggs?
  2. obsidianembrace

    obsidianembrace Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2009
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    Perhaps to get the ball rolling, I can offer what I have read, mostly.

    Protein is good, so is calcium (if I recall correctly, ducks need three times the calcium while they are laying).

    Light has something to do with laying, too. (Side trip: I will be managing my flock of runners to lay seasonally, so the light they have will be mostly normal daylight. i don't expect them to lay year 'round. I want them to have some rest. And with ducks that lay about two hundred eggs each per year (during optimum laying years), who needs to try to max them out?)

    Back to light and ducks in general. I believe I read that fourteen hours of light a day (doesn't have to be really bright light at all) helps optimize laying. But as to when she will be laying, if her body is not ready for some reason, I would take a careful look at her overall health and her environment, and what has changed for her since she was laying. That includes body condition, temperatures (too much heat can stress as much as too much cold), availability of water and protein and calories and calcium, among other things, stress level (what has changed? New animals? New housing? Loss of a flockmate?), recent or undiagnosed illness or injury.

    I hope some of these musings can give you a clue, and that someone with more experience chimes in soon.
  4. Smartie_Pants

    Smartie_Pants Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2008
    Madisonville, KY
    Since she was laying in winter and isn't now, I would bet she is moulting. They moult a few times year, and when they do they stop laying for a while. I'm sure she will start up again as it gets more into summer and fall. I wouldn't try anything to extremem to hurry her along, because her body has to be ready and able to lay, or nothing is going to help. At least, this is my opinion.
  5. Happycheese

    Happycheese Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 8, 2010
    Carlisle, PA
    what is the protien content of the new 'powdery' food? I just feed all my hens, drake and ducklings 16% layer crumble during the 'duckling season' and switch to pelleted normal feed during the winter/fall.

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