Idian Runner Duck Laying Cycle

Roche12

Hatching
10 Years
Jun 10, 2009
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Hi.

We have a Indian Runner duck and a drake. Can anyone tell what the ducks laying cycle should be?

We are looking to breed them so we can sell the ducklings. The duck has only just layed her first ever lot of eggs. She layed about a dozen though she did not sit on them.

How can i tell when she is just laying them as chikens do and when she is looking to hatch them out?

My concern is that she has modled herself off our chikens as she lays one egg a day as the chikens do, (It is winter here) and she lays in the same place as they do. If she is not going to sit on them will i need to set up a hatching box for the ducklings?

Thanks

Regards
Duckfused
 

ChickenToes

Songster
11 Years
May 14, 2008
2,141
8
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NE Wisconsin
Runners should lay all year long, given enough daylight. I don't think they tend to go broody, however. If she does go broody, you'll know. One day she'll just be sitting on the eggs and she won't move.
 

Calebs Acre

Songster
11 Years
May 17, 2008
817
1
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Long Island
Runners do NOT tend to go broody, so you should plan on incubating eggs if you hope to hatch ducklings. My runners lay most of the year.
 

Wifezilla

Positively Ducky
11 Years
Oct 2, 2008
11,199
137
311
Colorado
The tendency to brood has been mostly bred out of runners. It CAN happen but you usually need an incubator or a willing chicken foster mom.

Mine runner lays all year. She does sometime take off a day here and there, but I can pretty much count on an egg in the morning from Chrissy.
 

Dances with Ducks

Songster
11 Years
Sep 28, 2008
1,668
30
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Central Northern Front Range, Colorado ;)
Your Runner is pretty young if I understand you correctly. If she were to go broody it probably wouldn't be till next spring anyway. I noticed my Runner took a strong interest in eggs, like when I would collect them and have them in a bowl on the ground she sometimes would come over and nudge them around. Also as a young hen if she (rarely) didn't lay her egg before I let her out in the morning she would make a great effort to find a good nesting spot under the bushes to lay. A feather or two in would eventually show up in it and she would occasionally sit there during the day. This is a runner that did go broody.
 

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