my ducks haven't laid any eggs yet....why??

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by racefanz, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. racefanz

    racefanz In the Brooder

    Jun 30, 2009
    I bought ducks last spring (May 2011) and they still haven't laid any eggs. Why?? I have 1 male and 2 females.
  2. Tahai

    Tahai Songster


    What breed are they?
    What are you feeding them?
    Is it possible they are burying or hiding their eggs?
    How much light are they getting?
    Are they, or have they molted?
    Other than no eggs, do they seem to be in good health?

    (I think that's it for the standard questions the Duck-pros here generally ask :) )
  3. racefanz

    racefanz In the Brooder

    Jun 30, 2009
    They are snowy calls. We live in Maine and the day light is increasing finally. I don't think they have molted, or at least not a heavy molt. They are getting standard chicken layer food. The person that I bought them from said that he gives his entire flock chicken layer food. I'm not sure if they are burying them, I assume they aren't, I haven't seen any signs. One of the girls has had a brownish eye for a while and she has a bad leg, but the male seems to be "on" her more. The other girl is fine from what I can tell. She likes to hang out with the male ALL the time and if he is on top of the other girl she "gives him hell" quacking alot! It's wicked funny! If he gets out of the pen area she "gives him hell" as well. Again, wicked funny!! They quack all the time, very animated.
  4. toadbriar

    toadbriar Songster

    Jan 28, 2010
    central massacheezits
    you live in Maine, careful to not compare your birds' schedules to people who live down south. mine haven't started yet either and I'm in MA.

    BUT I did get a goose egg yesterday [​IMG]
  5. racefanz

    racefanz In the Brooder

    Jun 30, 2009
    I expected them to start laying in the fall, but I haven't gotten ANY eggs from them yet and they are approaching a year old!
  6. Senna95

    Senna95 Songster

    Apr 6, 2010
    That's not unusual. Most of my ducks don't start laying till their first spring, even though they could technically start laying at 18 weeks or so (4 months). Usually ducks that start laying their first fall were hatched very early in the spring, or they're specialty "egg breeds", or they've been given artificial lighting. It is actually better for the ducks to wait a while before starting to lay eggs. It gives their bodies a little more time to mature.
  7. faye an jay

    faye an jay Hatching

    Feb 6, 2012
    Hiya, i have to muscovy duck wat sumbody bought my daughter for her birthday an dey r living inside my house as part of our family ( nt easy at the moment we r awating ducky diapers) i think der about 4mnths old an jst wundered if anybody had any tips about wat to house them in an feed them??? I have no clue at the minute they are snuggled up togetjer on blankets with a bowl of water an a bowl of veg shaving they seem to be happy an settling well bt i wud luv them to mate an have ducklings PLEASE CAN SUMBODY HELP ME? XX
  8. Gatorpit

    Gatorpit In the Brooder

    Jan 24, 2012
    Faye, you'd get many more responses by starting your own thread instead of hijacking someone elses.
  9. kkbos11

    kkbos11 Hatching

    Aug 2, 2012
    my duck what i have now well i had it for 3 months and it still will not lay any eggs why maybe is it just that its a boy or what cause trying to get it to really bad but it still wont i have no idea why but if there is not a problem with him we are gonna keep trying to get him to lay eggs.[​IMG]
  10. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

    Sep 7, 2009
    Florida - Space Coast
    if its a drake you wont ever get eggs.

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