How old are ducks when they start laying?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by bledsoe95, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. bledsoe95

    bledsoe95 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 8, 2011
    Oakwood, Virginia
    I have a duck thats 10 mos. old when should she start laying?A she is in the chicken coop where will she lay, i have a 5 gal. bucket on the floor for her. Oh yeah she a mallard.
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2011
  2. buzymom13

    buzymom13 I run the Alien Chicken Asylum

    Apr 20, 2010

    I'm no duck expert. We have a pair who are now 8 1/2 mths old. They are Pekin ducks. "Trigger and Nutsy"

    Trigger laid her first egg today, in the inside pen that they sleep in at nite. I don't know about mallards. But Good Luck!!! [​IMG]
  3. helios

    helios Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2010
    Bureau County, Illinois
    Someone more experienced might chime in, but I think if they haven't started laying by the fall of their first year, they will likely not start until the following spring. My ducks were hatched June 2nd, 2010 if I remember correctly and haven't started laying yet. My drakes:hens ratio is also off, which I've read will delay laying if the hens are too stressed out (I have 6 drakes and 4 hens). They also need calcium added to their diet in order to start producing egg shells. I switched my flock to layena late in the summer and will provide a mix of layena and regular crumbles with oyster shell free choice when the pond melts. With the right diet, some ducks will continue laying year round, but sometimes good ol' mother nature has to kick it off...the company of a drake might speed things along.

    I wonder if mallards aren't reliable for year-round laying, since they are migratory?
  4. mommyofthreewithchicks

    mommyofthreewithchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2010
    If I have read everything correctly the mallards are seasonal layers so I am expecting mine to lay in the spring. As for the eggs mine were Aug hatches and I think mine could be laying anytime but I am playing the wait game right now ( this is for the WH and the Pekins).
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2011
  5. pascopol

    pascopol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2009
    Tampa Bay
    Quote:One lonley duck not laying?

    Perhaps she is stressed out cause she is lonely having no company of her own.

    So she is nor laying.

    Keeping just one of highly social animals ( birds, ducks) is just irresponsible and cruel.
  6. crj

    crj Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2009
    Rocky Point, NC
    I have runner ducks. I have 3 boys and 2 girls. They were born in June. One lays everyday for about 2 months now but the other duck doesn't at all. They all get a long great and the boys are not aggressive towards the girls, thank goodness.

    So, I don't know what to tell you. Ducks I guess are fickle when it comes to laying.
  7. shchinchillas

    shchinchillas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2010
    My mallards will be 12 months in March, and my scovies 12 months in May... We are waiting on eggs from them hopefully in spring [​IMG]
  8. Jeff1960

    Jeff1960 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 23, 2010
    Fremont Michigan
    Mallards are pretty much seasonal layers starting to lay in the spring. May hatch out a couple clutches of eggs during the year.
  9. SJUDD

    SJUDD Chillin' With My Peeps

    So are my Mallards going through early puberty then?? I bought them in June and they were 3 days old when I got them. They started laying in I think September or October and only stopped during late December and started laying again this week. My Cayuga hasn't laid at all but the Mallards are.
  10. melissamerry

    melissamerry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2012
    Goleta, California
    My mallards are 7 months old and are laying. I get an egg from each female each morning. It is very warm here though, especially for winter. I think they think its spring

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