Please help: Campbells not laying

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Milkweed, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. Milkweed

    Milkweed Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 6, 2011
    Swannanoa, NC
    Hello all,
    I'm at my wit's end. We bought 14 ducks in August from a local breeder: 8 Khaki Campbells, 4 Silver Appleyards, and a beautiful crossed pair (Welsh Harlequin x Rouen). The crossed duck is 2 years old and the breeder said she was a great layer. 6 of the Campbells are females--5 juveniles who were hatched in the spring and one who is 2 years old who is supposedly a good layer. The Appleyards were also hatched in the spring, and we could not sex them, but THOUGHT we were getting 2 pairs - turns out it was 4 drakes.

    SO, I have 8 females, mostly young but 2 older, and I have not gotten a single egg yet.

    I let them out of their house to free range in the morning every day around 7:30 (occasionally as late as 8:30 or 9:00 if I sleep late on a weekend) and they come in to eat and go into their house for the night around 7:30/8:00 pm. They have access to a big area, but are pretty much creatures of habit about where they hang out - on our small pond and in the brushy and wooded areas around the pond.

    They have ample forage, and I also provide generous rations of layer feed, oyster shell, and grit, all of which they eat. They have plenty of water and seem really happy and content.

    Why are they not laying? Or is it possible they are all laying somewhere outside and I'm not finding the eggs? I've left them penned up all day in their small pen a couple of times to see if they lay in the pen if they're not allowed to free range, and no eggs.

    Are they not getting enough light? I have read conflicting things about this - some people saying their Campbells lay all winter with no artificial light.

    What should I do? I like having the ducks, but we got them primarily to have eggs and with the hope of eventually breeding them (which of course I can't do if I never find an egg!). It feels like we just have a flock of pet ducks now who are costing us money in feed and not earning their keep.

    Should I leave them penned up for a while in case they are laying outside somewhere? Should I provide light? Help me, duck experts!

    Last edited: Nov 2, 2011
  2. nivtup

    nivtup Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Shelton Washington
    Our campbells from this spring have not started to lay yet either.

    The older duck may be becoming a seasonal layer.

    The others listed are generally seasonal layers.

    I would expect the young ducks to start soon
  3. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    Stonington, illinois
    The ones that are supoose to be laying I dont know but from my experience my campbell girl took a full 6 months before she started to lay. I didnt think she ever would. Now her babies that I hatched started at about 4 and a half to 5 months.
  4. nivtup

    nivtup Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Shelton Washington

    They will most likely lay in the night or very early morning.
  5. Milkweed

    Milkweed Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 6, 2011
    Swannanoa, NC
    So I shouldn't be thinking they are never going to lay, it sounds like?

    Y'all are making me feel much better about the whole situation.

    It sounds like I don't need to assume they are laying up a storm while they're out free-ranging....

    THANK YOU for your thoughts and reassurances!
  6. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

    Jan 11, 2010
    If there is an occasional day you let them out late and there isnt eggs - there just isnt any rather than them laying outside of the house. Different bloodlines within a breed can also play a part in the egg laying capabilities- so even though you have ducks that are all supposed to be great layers, they just may be late starters or have a longer break when molting etc.
  7. gofasterstripe

    gofasterstripe Chillin' With My Peeps

    My Spring ducklings that I sold still havent started laying so you will probably find that a few MIGHT start laying but most of them wont start till next year.

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