Toughest layer ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Papagena, Apr 11, 2017.

  1. Papagena

    Papagena Out Of The Brooder

    May 15, 2015
    What are some tough breeds of ducks that are relatively good layers? (Tough meaning good foragers, good candidates for free ranging, intelligent enough to evade aerial predators whenever possible, etc)
  2. Around here people have Cayuga Ducks for eggs....One lady I know is a fanatic over the breed....

    I'm not sure about the predator attacks though...?

    Best of luck.....:)

  3. Krazyquilts

    Krazyquilts Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    My Welsh Harlequin female is the best forager of my little flock - she doesn't want to go back in the pen even for mealworms! She was also the first to start laying, by about 2 weeks. Her patterned feathers help her to blend in very well too. We haven't had any aerial predators (knock on wood!) so I can't speak for that.
  4. Ducks4us

    Ducks4us Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2015
    North Idaho
    My runner ducks are very smart when free ranging.. they are still young - 6-7 weeks and they see everything in the sky .. they stick together and are quick to run for cover if there is a large bird in the sky.
    Runners are in the books for laying average 200+ eggs per year.
    And best for pest control / foraging

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