Probably a stupid question, but...

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Kschwartz, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. Kschwartz

    Kschwartz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do ducks lay all year round, or only seasonally (breeding season)? I haven't really ever thought about this and my ducks aren't even close to the laying age yet... so I was just wondering.
     
  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    I honestly don't know, but I'll be looking out for the answer, too! [​IMG]
     
  3. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will depend on breed and light.
    Mine started laying in January, but I had a light on in their house at night for a few hours to extend their 'daylight'
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I don't use light in the winter, but my Muscovies stop laying in Sept. and start back in April.
     
  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    My runners lay year 'round. It seems that for them, light may have something to do with it but temperature is more important. If they stay at 40F or above, I get about 6 eggs from 10 ducks daily, at least. Summertime, I get more like 7 or 8 (lost one duck, so now we're at nine, and the other day we got nine egge from nine ducks).

    I learned this by moving them from their outdoor house (30 - 35F at night) to the basement duck pen (40 - 45F) and seeing the number of eggs for ten ducks increase from two or three a day to six a day.
     
  6. Luvmyducks

    Luvmyducks Out Of The Brooder

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    Anyone know about Magpie ducks? Do they lay year round?
     
  7. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    My 2 khaki runners lay everyday-they took a short break to molt but right back to two eggs a day:)
     
  8. destinduck

    destinduck obsessed with "ducks"

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    Like the others said. The breed ,light and temp dictate how often they lay. Mainly the breed.
     
  9. tay_boe

    tay_boe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Around what age will pekins, cayugas, and runners begin to lay?
     
  10. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    My first runner to lay began at 16 weeks 4 days. But who was counting?[​IMG] The rest were laying 6 weeks later.
     

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