Pekin laying questions

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by trainman, Aug 25, 2014.

  1. trainman

    trainman Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 Pekin drakes and 6 hens. They have started laying recently. They seem to lay the eggs wherever they are at the time. I have a shelter for them with a nest box but they don't lay in there even though they all will "hang" around inside at times. . They seem to like laying in the pond along the edge of the bank but never in the same spot. Is there a way to get them to lay in one spot consistently so we don't have an Eater Egg hunt every day?

    Also......do ducks cackle or make noises like a chicken after laying an egg? I haven't noticed them doing that but it would probably help locate the eggs.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I have runners, but there are some things that many domestic ducks do, and laying eggs here and there seems to be one of them.

    What helps here is a couple of things - not to let them out too early (usually eggs are laid by 9, and there are exceptions). Another is having an outdoor area they are kept till a little later in the day, so narrow down the area to search in.

    And sometimes I still miss eggs buried in the bedding!
     
  3. signdmush228

    signdmush228 New Egg

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    My ducks lay eggs pretty much anywhere in our yard.. But we've found that they do it more under shade or under a low hanging branch or shelter.
    Try setting up a table-like sawhorse with some hay underneath. This will serve as a shelter/shade area for all ducks, and the hens will use it as a nesting site eventually.

    Good luck and welcome to BYC!
     

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