Questions on call ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by brooster, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    How long do they live?
    I have them in a breeding pen with a pond, what do i do in the winter?
    When do they begin to lay?
    How big are the eggs?
    What is the best feed for them?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    [​IMG] [​IMG] So many questions, and I can't answer them!

    I would imagine a game or waterfowl food would be good.
    Nothing medicated and you're fine.

    My little ducks are starting to munch down on the poultry food. Mine are Muscovy's not call ducks.
     
  3. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    Waterfowl feed is best, but they can eat whatever your chickens eat.

    In the winter, you'll either have to figure out a way to keep their pond thawed, or they'll just do without. Either way is fine.

    I *think* they begin to lay eggs at 4 or 5 months, and their eggs look just like chicken eggs, I think they may be just a bit bigger.
     
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    In the winter mine just do without swimming water unless it gets warm enough to lay a hose out. I give them fresh water several times a day in some black plastic feed pans. Mine don't start laying until they're a year old. Mine lay from about the end of March until about this time of year....but I'm sure that varies on where you live and what your weather is like. Their eggs are about the size of a medium chicken egg and most of mine lay an egg with a greenish tint to it. My oldest ones are 6-7 years old.
     
  5. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    They can live 10+ years.

    In the winter I have mine in a dog run, 21'x24'. Then I have 4 bales of hay, and a piece of plywood, and tarp on the top, to keep the inside dry. Then I stack two bales in the front, so they have about a 18 inch opening to get in. They begin to lay the next spring after they hatch.
    The eggs are small to medium.

    Feed them layer pellets in the spring. After they are done laying, feed them flock raiser pellets. In the winter they get corn, to build up their fat and keep them warm, oats, and wheat.
     

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