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What is a ducks favorite place to lay her eggs?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Hannaberry, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. Hannaberry

    Hannaberry Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 3 duck's that should be starting to lay eggs. But they are not laying in the coop.
    What is a duck's favorite place to lay her eggs.
     
  2. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm Premium Member

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    I call my gang the Easter Egg duck because every morning, it's time to "hunt" for the eggs. I thought I had them all trained to be in the "laying" area, and then the next day they are gone from there, some will go back.... They are just a laugh to me on when/where they will lay!
     
  3. harriedhomemaker

    harriedhomemaker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My ducks always lay their eggs before I let them out of their house in the morning. 80% of the time it will even be in the nestboxes. I love their early morning laying habit - so much more convenient for me than the chickens who lay all day.
     
  4. HollyDuckFarmer

    HollyDuckFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My ducks lay all over. Most days they lay early in the morning, but sometimes not. Mine lay either just out in the middle of the pen, or in the corner of their Hut. They are funny and smart, in that it seems like they think to themselves, if my eggs in the Hut disappear, then I need to lay somewhere else next time. So it's a lot like an Easter Egg Hunt here as well!
     
  5. wildpeas

    wildpeas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine lay their eggs in the nest box area sometime before dawn everyday.
     
  6. Blondiega1

    Blondiega1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At one time, my temporary duck pen was down at the lake in the area we call the beach. (because you can walk right in to the lake)
    The pen has been long gone but every morning by 7am, I'll find my eggs waiting for me at the beach.
    I suppose they still consider that their home base.
     
  7. clbarley

    clbarley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine love to lay in their pool, out side of their nest box (they must be to lazy to walk all the way in), in their oyster shell dish......pretty much every where. But lately we have been lucky they have been laying in a nest!
     
  8. Tivona

    Tivona Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All of mine lay in their nest boxes. Once in a great while I will find 1 egg out in the pen area but its really rare. I have 3 nest boxes and 15 ducks of which only one is a drake. 5 of the ducks are too young yet to lay. Before the babies and some current molting I was getting about 8 eggs in the nests per day. I use chopped hay in the boxes and the boxes themselves are all different. One is deep and dark, one is light and open feeling and the last on is tall and with medium lighting inside. Everyone seems to have a preference and they do switch using one from time to time but the eggs are always in the nests.
     
  9. fowl farm

    fowl farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My first to start laying laid in the duck house until I had to let them out early one morning because I was going to be gone. Since then, she's only laid in the house once. My other duck, however has only laid outside once, that I have found, favoring the duck house. I think she's having trouble deciding on a nest.
     
  10. Carcajou

    Carcajou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My original ducks would build temporary nests about anywhere they wished, usually in the same nest for a few days before moving to another. They would occasionally lay them in the water. My newbies have been trained to go into my newly designed coop at night (the originals would not once they got a taste of roosting on the pond) where they lay there eggs by 7 AM each morning. Though I have nest boxes on one end of the house they usually lay them wherever they are moved to though most of the time the are in a general area. The one next box they do use is in a darker area of the coop, something I never really paid attention to until I read one of the posts above. The other two spots I usually find eggs are in the other two darker corners.
     

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