Waterfowl laying question.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Wolf-Kim, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know that chickens lay in cycles according to light, do geese do the same thing? Have you heard of anybody doing this? Why?

    I imagine that geese and ducks would respond like chickens when it comes to artificial lights. The question occurred to me just a few minutes ago, so I decided to ask.

    Feel free to post health concerns with this, as I know there are some with keeping chickens under timed lights.

    Please do NOT post, if you are simply going to post "the practice as cruel", I can decided that for myself. Post information please.

    I don't have waterfowl currently, neither do I plan on keeping the messy critters inside, under lights. I simply want to know for curiousity.

    Thanks.

    -Kim
     
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2008
  2. chickmommar

    chickmommar Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hmm, I don't know. I have ducks and they lay pretty much late Feb to late summer or late fall, depending on their age (younger lay into Nov, older may stop in July). I don't have geese but the friends I have who do, say that they tend to lay for a short time. My friend in south TX has domestic geese who lay in December but only for a few weeks. I know people who have indoor pet ducks and some of these do lay year round so I do think ducks are affected by season (light) but don't know about geese.
     
  3. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. I've been reading up on it. LOL I realized I better go do my research since nobody seemed to know the response.

    Thanks again,
    -Kim
     
  4. DrakeMaiden

    DrakeMaiden Overrun with Drakes

    Jun 8, 2007
    Kitsap County, WA
    I think they are sensitive to daylight length in the same way as chickens. I think they also tend to lay less eggs/year than chickens, so I don't know if forced daylight would be as effective. I had a duck that nearly laid all through her first winter and only stopped to molt and then started up again, however now I think she was an exception.

    What did you find out?
     
  5. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I havent heard of that. I dont think its cruel. But it can lead to them stopping laying at an earlier age.
     

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