my ducks won't lay eggs??? PLEASE HELP!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by DUCKGIRL89, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These 2 ducks that I got 21 weeks ago JUST WON"T LAY EGGS!!! there are only 2 of them (if you see in my signiture I have WAY to many boys) A Ancona and A Rouen, i just dont get it. They eat well, get lots of water, tons of sun light they have a nesting box, and a fake egg in the box they just dont lay! what else should I do I just don't know, I NEED HELP!!!

    these are the little suckers!

    this is my Ancona Maize
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    and my Rouen Ember
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    and their nesting box.
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    (the boys don't seem to care much about that)
     
  2. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    anyone?
     
  3. Dutchgirl

    Dutchgirl Not Dutch!

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    As far as I know, ducks only lay in the springtime. Still, I only have a Mallard and I am not very experienced with ducks.
     
  4. pirtykitty

    pirtykitty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think they are old enough yet... My welsh harlequins i got in May of 2009 started laying the end of october /first of november 2009.
     
  5. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:OH! [​IMG] ok [​IMG] I didn't know it took so long but thanks!
     
  6. AdamD77

    AdamD77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Patience! My girls hatched in April last year, we got them in June and they laid their first eggs in March of this year! 11 months old! Give it time, they'll start, it may just take longer than expected.
     
  7. Dutchgirl

    Dutchgirl Not Dutch!

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    My duck only really lays March-June.
     
  8. TrystInn

    TrystInn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our ducks lay year round, but I provide additional light support so they do. Most of the mallard-derived breeds, in my experience, don't begin laying until at least 6 months.
     
  9. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well I guess I'm just used to chickens they lay WAY earlier than ducks do dont they?
     
  10. The Duck ABC's

    The Duck ABC's Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have heavy breed ducks. They are very good layers laying eggs year round. They need to be 6 months old before they lay. Other breeds may start sooner. 5 month seems to be the average. Just give it time.

    Oh your nesting box is useless. They only use it, if they want to hatch babies, or even make their own little hidden nest somewhere. Otherwise they ditch them wherever. The best is to have a duck house where they sleep inside at night (locked up) and have a nesting box inside of it, then all you have to do is collect in the morning. They lay before 9am anyway. Mine are usually done by 7.30.
     

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