Pekin duck mating but not laying?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Keah, Aug 1, 2016.

  1. Keah

    Keah Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,

    So I have been wondering why my pekin duck (a proven breeder and layer) isn't laying. I have been meaning to get another hen because the ratio is just one drake to one hen. I know that is not very good, however I can't find any pekins for sale where I am sooo yeah. Anyways I have seen the pair mate but my girl just isn't laying. I have an incubator and wish to hatch some ducklings I just need her to LAY SOME EGGS! I have learnt that when they are laying their beaks are bright orange however her's is dull. They are both extremely healthy and get fed fresh vegies and chook course laying mash with my chickens. Am I doing something wrong? Why won't she lay..ahhhh [​IMG]

    Thankyou
     
  2. Welshies

    Welshies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old are they? Are they molting as well and are you sure you know what 'mating' looks like?
     
  3. The Duck Ladie

    The Duck Ladie Duck Addict

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    It maybe to hot. My ducks didn't start laying this summer until we have cool week. I've heard a story where someone's ducks simply stopped laying when it was a hot week and got back at it when it cooled down.
     
  4. Keah

    Keah Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes I know they are diffidently mating, they only mate in the pool when I let them out of their pen. And it definitely isn't too hot as it is winter where I am the days are just a perfect temperature. They aren't molting and are about 2 years old, maybe a little younger. I will try and post a pic later on...
     
  5. Welshies

    Welshies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They may only lay in spring... some are seasonal.
     
  6. quackers619

    quackers619 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    do they free range? she may be hiding them. on of my pekins had lots of spots all over my yard it was like a easter egg hunt every day
     
  7. Keah

    Keah Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes they do, however the pen if really open, there is nowhere she could possible have them without me seeing. :(
     
  8. Welshies

    Welshies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do they have access to calcium?
     
  9. Keah

    Keah Out Of The Brooder

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    Yeah. I also add some shell grit into their feed occasionally.
     
  10. Welshies

    Welshies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And
    Have you had her for very long?
    Sometimes a stress (change in something) will stop laying, or force them to molt. If they are molting they can't lay and that could be the case.
    Still, it's wierd. Maybe she kicks shavings or straw over the eggs? Perhaps something is taking them?
     
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2016

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