how old do muscovies start laying?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by KWAK, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. KWAK

    KWAK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2009
    Michigan
    Myne are about 15 weeks old. when will they lay?
     
  2. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:1.) shes to young.
    2.) muscovies are seasonal layers. (meaning they dont lay in winter or fall)
     
  3. ian4379

    ian4379 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my answer will be a little different due to location. i'm in australia and my girls lay 4 times a year, 3 times in spring/summer then once in winter, where i live we dont get snow but we get bad frosts, enough to effect the hatch rates during winter ,but some still hatch. say 4 to 6 out of 20. in general muscovy are thought to be mature at 7 months, i've had some lay at 5.5 months and i think i saw someone on here who had them lay earlier than that!
     
  4. RAREROO

    RAREROO Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Do you mean they lay a clutch, set, brood and wean the ducklings and then start another set four times a year or what ? How long does a "time" last ?
     
  5. ian4379

    ian4379 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i take the mums away at three weeks, so right now i have 13 week old ducklings and the mum has just hatched out another lot a week ago, so thats a 12 week turn around. she'll most likely have another lot hatched out by the end of the season here while its still a bit warm at the end of march into april. they are baby making machines!
     
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  6. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Mine started at 4mths... and the one has almost never stopped laying everyday since.. now i have two laying again.. and i definitely have winter(well below freezing, I'm in Canada).. so them not laying in fall/winter has not been my experience, i just got another two eggs again today and it was -11C last night brrr.
     
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  7. iajewel

    iajewel Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 22, 2008
    Corning IA
    Muscovy need to be at least 1yr to be sexually mature.
     
  8. iajewel

    iajewel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Are you sure those eggs are coming from a Muscovy? I have never heard of one laying that young.
     
  9. bigdawg

    bigdawg AA Poultry

    Jun 28, 2009
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    they do lay in winter. i am in mid tenn and my scovy duck has laid 9 eggs and the last three were three days in a row, tommorow will be four eggs. i also think she is wanting to set. she hangs around the nest box during the day.
     
  10. Sadiew

    Sadiew Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are 7 months old now and one started to lay about 6 weeks ago and lays one egg a day. We do not have same winter temps here as in other parts of the world though.
     

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