What age do ducks come on to lay?

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

  1. Quailpower

    Quailpower Out Of The Brooder

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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