Magpie stopped laying??

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by newbyduckmom, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. newbyduckmom

    newbyduckmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2011
    Snohomish County, WA
    Magpie hen has laid an egg consistently everyday since 8-13-11. She missed 8-17-11, and now has missed the past two days. I know they only lay about 220 eggs a year, so are going to have "off days", but since I am new to this, is anything likely to be causing it. Light I wouldn't think would be an issue since since well over 12 hour per day, although getting less each day. Anyone have experience with Magpies and laying? (And she hasn't laid and hidden it somewhere, I have thoroughly checked the pen she has been in. And she hasn't had the opportunity when they have been out foraging as I watched her No food changes. She's still laying eggs with quite hard shells. Still getting free choice oyster shell, lots of greens and foraging time. Appears to be behaving normally. No apparent injures, bulges, discomfort???? Anyone with Magpies, do they normally lay through the winter? She will be six months on 9-11-11.
     
  2. RingedTeal

    RingedTeal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She might not lay again because it is getting closer to winter
     
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2011
  3. DuckyMom

    DuckyMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where are you located? I've talked to several people in Upstate NY whose ducks ALL for some reason stopped laying. (including my own)
    Something very odd...

    Emily
     
  4. newbyduckmom

    newbyduckmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2011
    Snohomish County, WA
    Near Seattle, WA
     
  5. toadbriar

    toadbriar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    think she's going into a molt?
     
  6. newbyduckmom

    newbyduckmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2011
    Snohomish County, WA
    I don't know. Have seen a couple of feathers for the Khaki Campbells. The did the molting thing in about May.
     
  7. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's totally normal for any breed of duck to take breaks. I have found with my runners that they will lay every single day for weeks or months at a time, then they'll take a break for weeks or months at a time. Magpies ditto. That having been said... I am selling my magpies because they stopped laying earlier this summer and never started back again, even when the runners did.
     
  8. newbyduckmom

    newbyduckmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2011
    Snohomish County, WA
    She laid an egg this morning...thank heavens!
     
  9. michaelinnc84

    michaelinnc84 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yay. I bet you relieved.
     
  10. newbyduckmom

    newbyduckmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2011
    Snohomish County, WA
    Yep, came back in the house with a big grin on my face. Christmas morning I got my "gift"!
     

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