When do ducks start laying?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Jayare's Chicks, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. Jayare's Chicks

    Jayare's Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 1 Mallard and 2 Kacki Campbell ducks and 1 Kacki drake & 1 Magpie drake.
    My question is how old do the ducks need to be untill they start laying eggs?
    They are all only 17 weeks old now and we saw the magpie drake trying to mate the other day and the ducks have been walking up the ramp to the chicken coop the last few days checking out what's inside.
    I think it's about 6-7 months right?

    Jayare
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Sorry, don't have a clue.

    We had ducks when I was a kid up north... the new ones usually didn't start laying until the next spring.
     
  3. Omniskies

    Omniskies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anywhere from 6-8 months depending on the breed, feed and the weather when they hit laying age. A good strain of production Campbells can start laying very early. They're the Leghorns of the duck breeds (some strains are the Leghorns of the Leghorns and out-produce the scrawny chickens [​IMG].
     
  4. Jayare's Chicks

    Jayare's Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you, I was pretty sure it was around 6-8 months but I just wanted to check in here in case it was a little different for some breeds.

    Jayare
     
  5. Jayare's Chicks

    Jayare's Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I got 1 duck egg on Wednesday and 1 duck egg yesterday so my ducks started laying at exactly 20 weeks. I wasn't expecting any duck eggs for another month and a half or so. I will wait another couple of days till I get a few more then I will set them. I can't wait to see what they look like and try and play that guessing game of who the mother is and who the father is.

    We also adopted the neighbors male peking duck since his mates have all disappeared to preditors so he has been in with my ducks for about 3 weeks now.

    Jayare
     

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