runner duck eggs and broody

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ameraucanacrazy, Oct 4, 2009.

  1. ameraucanacrazy

    ameraucanacrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have 6 female runnerducks and 1 male they layed 6 eggs in january and then stoped. why they are about 2 years old and they still are not laying eggs

    why is this



    and do runners go broody
     
  2. txredneckmedic

    txredneckmedic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    are u feeding them oyster shell?
     
  3. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    maybe they are laying somewhere and you haven't seen?

    Runners aren't known for going broody. Doesn't mean they won't, it's just not common for them to do so.
     
  4. ameraucanacrazy

    ameraucanacrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i only feed them cracked corn and i have searched the pen and their are no eggs and they are not alowed out in the yard
     
  5. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    well that could be the problem right there... malnourishment.
     
  6. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Feeding ducks cracked corn and nothing else is like feeding your kids candy and nothing else. They might survive to adulthood, but they're not likely to do well. Corn is basically sugar and not much else. Quick as you can, get down to your feed & seed store and buy some chicken layer pellets. You will probably have to take the corn away altogether--they are not likely to want to switch over, any more than a kid who was raised on candy would want to switch to green beans and roast pork. But get them hungry enough and they'll do it eventually.

    They may never lay. Malnourishment can cause permanent damage. But you might get lucky and the improved diet may cause them to start laying again. I sure hope so!

    And don't beat yourself up--we all make mistakes. That's what we come here for--so we can correct each other's mistakes! [​IMG] Your ducks will be much happier & healthier with your new knowledge (once they get over withdrawal from the corn!!).

    Good luck!
     
  7. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    Thank you, Cat, for finishing up! I got a phone call and forgot to come back and say something more.
     
  8. ameraucanacrazy

    ameraucanacrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you very much
     

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