Laying and mating age?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by 1duckychick, Sep 5, 2009.

  1. 1duckychick

    1duckychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2009
    At about what age do ducks start laying eggs? What about mating?

    Mine are 13weeks now and I'm wondering when I have to start egg-hunting. I'm not really looking to expand my flock!
  2. stumble_n_mumble

    stumble_n_mumble Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    ducks are usually around 6 months old when they start laying. lol you still have some time.
  3. 1-duckling

    1-duckling Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 1, 2009
    I needed some new hens for my drake so I purchased 3 blue runner ducklings, week olds, in March and they were laying good in August. So they were 5 months. They were breeding a good month or so before that. It was once their feathers were all grown out when the drake took a liking to them. They tend to like the covered litter box I use for a nest box and I keep them in their night pen until around 8 a.m. so usually all the eggs are layed before I let them free range. Makes it easier to find the eggs and they stay cleaner.[​IMG]
  4. headred

    headred Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2009
    Mine started laying recently at 20 weeks. The drake started mating them at about 4 months.

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