What age do Ducks start to lay?

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

  1. SandyM

    SandyM In the Brooder

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    I'm new to backyard poultry ... And so new to ducks I don't even have them yet. They arrive next Tuesday. My question: why do you need to seperate them?
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    I used golf balls with my chickens but I do have fake ceramic eggs for my ducks and geese. they look so real unless you have the real and fake you cannot tell the difference when they are in the nest.once the fake get a little dirty it can really be hard to tell fake from real except the fake are lighter in weight.
     
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  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    The only reason to separate drakes from ducks is if you have your numbers off and the ducks are being over mated. I have 1 drake to 5 ducks and don't have that problem but at one time I had 4 drake to 8 ducks and that can be a bit too many drakes so I had to make the hard decision to re home 2 of my drakes. The best ratio is 1 drake to 3 or more ducks. But when you get your duckling you have a way to go to worry about separating them just enjoy them.
     
  4. SandyM

    SandyM In the Brooder

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    Thanks!! Good to know :)
     
  5. SandyM

    SandyM In the Brooder

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    Thank you :)
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

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  7. alscatS

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    So I have been told the bright orange-y beak is a good way to 'sex' ducks - they are coming onto 10 weeks and I want to reduce my numbers, but I am trying to keep 3/4 females to one drake...The drake feather (curl) has not come out yet.... thoughts.
     
  8. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

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    I would go by voice not bill color.
     
  9. alscatS

    alscatS Chirping

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    who has what voice again? there is a quack and a whisper if I remember?
     
  10. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

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    Yes, girls quack, boys whisper.
     

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