how to improve laying

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Mr Eggcentric, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. Mr Eggcentric

    Mr Eggcentric Out Of The Brooder

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    I currently have eight ducks and two chinese geese. Of the ducks I have five drakes and three females (two runners and a rouen). Every evening the waterfowl are put to bed in a 12x30 "duck house" which has a concrete floor, covered in lots of fresh shavings, a infrared heat lamp in a corner for the coldest nights, and couple of nesting boxes for them ( litter boxes and there upturned lids filled with clean shavings). Every morning they are turned out onto a large grassy yard with a year round creek. My concern is I only get an egg or two a week from the ducks and I feel like I should be getting more. I feed good feed and I don't see eggs being laid along the creek because I look for them all the time. Any suggestions?
     
  2. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    How old are the ducks?
    What part of the country are in?
    What do you feed exactly?
    How long have you had the ducks?
     
  3. fisharescary

    fisharescary Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also, can I suggest that you trade at least one drake for a duck, or get a couple more (hen) ducks, or separate two drakes into a separate 'bachelor pad'? You should really have fewer drakes than you do for 3 ducks. That's a general health and happiness thing more than egg-laying concern, but I suppose stress could be preventing optimum egg-laying as well.
     
  4. Taylor

    Taylor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my ducks lay every day! and they don't have no artificial light or nothing! I will tell you the secret to get eggs in non-laying months if you want eggs. feed them high protein feed, yep thats the secret to it! my ducks get 12 hrs of daylight and its freezing temps and rain and snow and i get an egg a day from everyone! I feed them 21% layer pellets and corn, now if you don't want them to stop laying just cut back on the protein. Turkeys are the same way, at least mine are, but i don't like my turkeys to lay in winter, only in the warm months. so i feed them straight corn in the winter. I keep my ducks laying all year cause i like selling the eggs when other duck raisers aren't getting any. LOL I get $12 a doz out of them easy. these things have always kept mine laying daily. I don't know for sure if it'll do the same for you! so don't blame me if it don't work, but it does for me.
     
  5. Taylor

    Taylor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    P.S daylight is not the key, protein is.
     
  6. Mr Eggcentric

    Mr Eggcentric Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you all for the advice. To give more info; I live in Washington state, and I bought my ducks as day old ducklings last february.
     
  7. Mr Eggcentric

    Mr Eggcentric Out Of The Brooder

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    PS I feed purina flock raiser and layena and scratch as a treat.
     
  8. Tahai

    Tahai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tahai Chillin' With My Peeps

  10. Rosecomb-Ryan

    Rosecomb-Ryan East Indie Crazed

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    Quote:That was the exact link I was looking for!
     

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