What age do ducks come on to lay?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Quailpower, Aug 14, 2010.

  1. Quailpower

    Quailpower Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 18, 2010
    Aspatria, Cumbria
    Ive got one Peking Duck (definate female she sound like a fog horn) and one Indian Runner (not sure hes a pure bred because his stance is like a peking and not like a runner).

    the Peking is 18 weeks old and the runner a week or so younger. Im just wondering when these guys start laying because everywhere says different times!

    My landlord has chickens in the same run and we're having a race atm to see whos going to lay the first egg. His hens have got redder combs as a sign theyre getting close, is there any sign like that for ducks??
  2. animalbaby4everandalwyz

    animalbaby4everandalwyz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 24, 2009
    West Tennessee
    hello from everything that i have known from experience and talking to people ducks usually lay when they are 4 mts old and chickens when they are 6 mts old... so if a chicken has a really really read comb and is over 6 mts she will probably be laying...

    Dont quote me on anyof this this is just from experience and some knowledge [​IMG]
  3. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

    Jan 11, 2010
    It really is a case of just waiting to see- Some ducks will age once they reach a certain age- other will wait til the following spring after they have hatched. They all develop a differently- like people- and although age can be used as a rough guide there are always exceptions to the rule - weather and climate can also play a part in determining when they first lay as well.. Mine do usually become a little "fuller" between the legs when they are laying - so an " egg belly " can be one indication that they are about to start laying.
  4. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

  5. Quailpower

    Quailpower Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 18, 2010
    Aspatria, Cumbria
    thanks I imagine its kind of like periods for girls it could happen at anytime haha.

    Do ducks like nest boxes??

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