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What age do Ducks start to lay?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by GlacierNan, Jun 7, 2008.

  1. DuckyBoys

    DuckyBoys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:We're talking about a runner - so I doubt she would brood them in the first place - but with my luck you never know. Plus where we are it is cold and windy in the winter and my barn door stays open 24/7 for my donkeys, so again - brooding ducklings in the winter - nah! Egg patrol will be in full swing.
     
  2. joanna

    joanna Out Of The Brooder

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    OK, maybe a little off topic...but, of my 4 ducks, 3 are drakes. they will be 17 weeks old this week so i'm expecting to start finding an egg or two a week soon.

    my real question is obviously a ratio of 3:1 is not good, but what is ideal? I know that with chickens it is WAY better to have like a 7-8:1 hens:roosters, but what about ducks?

    I do not want the boys picking on my girl all day long. if it matters...my girl is a pekin and my boys are rouens (2) and a cayuga.
     
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Those 3 males will mate her until she is in shreds. You want 3 - 4 females to 1 male. Unless you plan to get some females that are mating size you need to keep the males away from her. 4 males can be viscious - not only will they gang style her all the time but they will fight each other over her as they mature. Sorry but it is the ugly truth.
     
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  4. AllCoop'dUp

    AllCoop'dUp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do ducks make any sort of "annoucement" that they've laid an egg, like chicken hens do??
     
  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I haven't noticed mine making any special noise. They lay around five in the morning, and I hear no more than their typical chatter, with the occasional, "Hey lady!!!! Get up!!! Let us out!!!"
     
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  6. secretquail

    secretquail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do they lay throughout the winter? I have 18 in the bator, but I am only familiar with quail. My quail stop laying when they don't get 12-14 hours of sunlight/day.
     
  7. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Sunlight is the key for ducks too, but some breeds go longer through the winter before stopping. I have Welsh Harlequins now, but I have also had khaki's, runners and a buff. They all took off December and January, but start laying again in February. You can give them supplemental light if you want, but I think they earn some time off [​IMG]

    We're talking about a runner - so I doubt she would brood them in the first place - but with my luck you never know.

    LOL. I thought the same thing. Chrissy set me straight! [​IMG]
    http://bluefeatherfarm.blogspot.com/2010/05/successful-hatch.html
     
  8. Krissy7

    Krissy7 Out Of The Brooder

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    I was wondering when my Khaki Campbell will start laying every sight says a different thing
     
  9. Oddyse

    Oddyse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Krissy7, I have the same question so I thought I would bump this up to the top for you/us [​IMG]
     
  10. HallFamilyFarm

    HallFamilyFarm PA ETL#195

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    Quote:When you see these small oval things in their pen you should have your answer. Each strain is different. Our Buff Ducks from Ideal poultry started laying at about 5 months old. The Metzer Buff Ducks started at about 6 months old. It variers by breed, variety and strain on all poultry, not just ducks.
     
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