When do ducks start laying??

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Frozen Feathers, Jul 26, 2007.

  1. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    I have a Blue Swedish and 2 Runners. They are about 8 weeks old. When do they start laying? Are they like chickens? What about nest boxes, or will they just lay on the ground??
     
  2. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    *bump* Anyone??
     
  3. Judymae

    Judymae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Apr 22, 2007
    Merit, Tx
    I got my ducks and chicks at the same time and they were the same age. I remember the chickens laying before the mama duck. But not by long. She is a mallard. They don't like nesting boxes off the ground. She usually lays her eggs in a small dog house in the run or if she's confined in the coop she will find an area and make a nest on the ground. Mine is notorious for stealing chicken eggs so watch out if you have chickens too. She actually sat on 25 RIR eggs last year! None hatched. Thank goodness! This year she sat on 6 of her own eggs and hatched 4!!!!!
     
  4. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    Thank you for the response! [​IMG] I will definitely watch out for egg thievery!
     
  5. mlheran

    mlheran Chillin' With My Peeps

    They could start anywhere from 3-5 months, though usually at 4 or 5 months. If you keep them penned or cooped at night be sure to keep them in until at least an hour after sunrise since ducks tend to lay only early in the morning (once they get regular, at least). A three-sided box (with roof) on the ground would be preferred by them, as long as the nesting material is soft and kept dry (pine shavings, straw, leaves...). They do not need elevated nestboxes.
    Keep an eye out for that first egg! [​IMG]
     
  6. SandraChick

    SandraChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ducks tend to lay in the early morning- so I keep mine in the coop until they lay! No hunting for duck nests that way!

    Of course, this only works if you coop them up every night.

    Sandra
     

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