What could cause all my female ducks to stop laying?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by EmAbTo48, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. EmAbTo48

    EmAbTo48 Songster

    Jul 9, 2011
    Northern Wisconsin
    All haven't laid in egg for 4 weeks now! They were molting, but how long will it take them to start up again? The male isn't mating either. Is it the cold air coming in for winter that causes no eggs? And no mating?

    I don't think there stressed... nothings changed from there routine!

  2. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Songster

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    Some breeds are seasonal layers. Molting will cause them to stop laying. I'm not sure how long it takes them to start up again, though.
  3. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    My BEI's are molting now and they won't lay anymore eggs until next March or April. [​IMG]
  4. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Crowing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Hahira, GA
    yep both above post are right.
    Most all ducks lay from Feb- Now. once they molt, they are usually done. In most cases the males will be sterile for a while during and after the molt.
    So unless you have some of those utilty ducks bred for year round laying, well the season is just over. I havent gotten a duck egg here in 6 weeks personally.
  5. newbyduckmom

    newbyduckmom Songster

    Jul 18, 2011
    Snohomish County, WA
    I thought breeds like Khaki's and Magpies and such would lay year round with adequate light - 12-14 hours? Light hasn't dropped below that yet here.
  6. 1234duck

    1234duck Songster

    My Rouen hen and Golden Cascade hen have stopped laying. All my ducks are molting now.. ~Julie~
  7. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Crowing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Hahira, GA
    Quote:they would be the utilty breeds bred for egg production, they are the exception not the rule, and even when they molt they often stop too

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