What age do Pekin Ducks start laying eggs

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Aaron45765, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. Aaron45765

    Aaron45765 Out Of The Brooder

    My pekin is ~16 weeks of age and I wondered at what age do Pekin Ducks start laying eggs.
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2012
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    I don't know about Pekins from experience ( I had them decades ago and don't recall when they started laying), but I can tell you my little runners started around 16 weeks to 20 weeks (I have eleven, and it took a couple of months for everyone to begin laying).

    I have read that larger duck breeds take a few to several weeks longer to begin, so I would think, all things being equal, that you would be looking for eggs in another one to two months.

    A clue for me was that my runners started acting out mating behavior about a month before the first one started laying.
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  3. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    My Pekins started laying at about 7 months of age, but they did have to wait for winter to be over.

    They are surprisingly good layers. Egg a day from each of them, no fail.
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  4. Carebearsmiles

    Carebearsmiles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 15, 2012
    I was wondering this today. Thinking about my 5 months old Pekin. She isn't laying (that I've found). I searched and found this answer. Thanks for the info! :)
  5. MommaDye

    MommaDye Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 12, 2013
    I have 5 Pekins -- 4 ladies, 1 drake. 3 of the girls are a little over a year and I have been getting an egg a day from them. Today there were 2 eggs in the nesting boxes, one was smaller in size. I'm wondering if maybe my younger girl started laying...so I found this thread here and now reading it, I'm not sure! She's only about 5 months (from what I was told, we got her a couple months ago). Hmm.
  6. The Howards

    The Howards Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ours started laying at around 7 months. Surprising because she started in December. I figured we would end up having to wait till winter is over. Like like Amiga said Butter started mating with another duck (all of ours are female)and sure enough.....egg. So just watch for that, when you see her starting to surf you will have eggs within a week or so usually. It went that way for all 4 of our ducks.
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  7. DenverDucky

    DenverDucky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2012
    My pekin started laying at 4 months
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  8. daniel knight

    daniel knight New Egg

    Jun 28, 2015
    my pekin ducks are 4 months old should I start keeping watch on them
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    well you can but if they have nice fluffy bedding they will most likely begin laying with whether your watching or not. But some ducks will try and find out of the way places to lay so any place they can get under you may want to block off to encourage them to lay in their house. That will make it easier to find their eggs once they start laying. also put out some Oyster shell and if you notice them eating them then that may give you a clue to them getting ready to lay.
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  10. mndrockhunter

    mndrockhunter Out Of The Brooder

    May 6, 2015
    My pekin duck is almost a year old and she has not laid any eggs, anyone know why?

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