waterfowl newbie question.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by chickalator, Dec 22, 2008.

  1. chickalator

    chickalator Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have some quaestions on ducks and geese. how long after hatch do geese start to lay? how long after hatch do ducks start to lay? in your opinion should i get pekin, blue swedish, fawn white runners, toulose geese, african geese, or whit chinese?
     
  2. Cottage Rose

    Cottage Rose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get whatever appeals to you. [​IMG]
    Waterfowl usually start laying as yearlings.
     
  3. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
    Hello, my Cayuga duck has started laying ay 6 months old. Still waiting for my white crested to start, she is 7 months. My Cayuga duck is so much more laid back and friendlier than the white crested. Just my experience [​IMG]
     
  4. daraae921

    daraae921 Out Of The Brooder

    For ducks I would say anytime between 17 and 24 weeks is average. 19 weeks was the average in my flock.
     
  5. daraae921

    daraae921 Out Of The Brooder

    Also, what are the main qualities you are looking for? They all have very different temperaments. For instance, my Pekin thinks it's a lap duck, not typical.. but they do tend to be calm and friendly. My runners are terrified of me. My Appleyards are sweet and curious. The khaki Campbells are nervous but lay better than my best chickens.
    ..and then there is the noise factor. Not all birds are created equal in those reguards.
     
  6. chickalator

    chickalator Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i was looking for laying in the duck breeds and dual purpose in the goose range.
     
  7. calmlake

    calmlake Out Of The Brooder

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    generally they begin laying at about six months but it varies with the breed of duck. pekins are lousy at sitting nests and must have their eggs incubated. khaki campbells are sweet and good mothers as are muscovys. runners are good but a bit high strung for my taste. not a pro on geese, sorry. if I had to choose between muscovy and campbell the muscovy get my vote.
     

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