When do ducks start to lay?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ticks, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    My ducks have been breeding lately, I am wondering when to expect eggs. They were born in mid June.
    thanks.
     
  2. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    they are old enough..
    My muscovys started to breed almost two weeks ago.. no eggs, yet.. but I am sarting towatch them very slosely, because I suspect she might be hiding her eggs.. (id she in fact has started laying) it is still snow covered and cold here.. my geese have gone into high gear this week.. I got 4 for 4 today.. so the ducks should not be far behind..
     
  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Mine started laying 3-4 weeks ago, but it is warmer climate here. Yours should be starting any time now. Hope you have them penned up, or it is pretty hard to find them! I wouldn't have known mine were laying if the darned dog hadn't found the nest and brought an egg in the yard to eat later [​IMG]
     
  4. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    Also, do they only breed in water? I have Rouens....
    They only breed when I fill up this little pothole filled with water.
     
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    No, I think they prefer to mate in the water, but it is not a necessity like it is with geese. I have seen mine on land or in the water both.
     
  6. rbseggs

    rbseggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Ticks. Fellow vermonter. my ducks just started this week so your should be starting soon as well especially if you ahve seen mating taking place. Rouens do not need water to breed but like other have said it is preffered and the fertility is higher I find when they have water available.
     
  7. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I always expect eggs after 26 weeks, depending on the weather.
     
  8. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    Quote:Thank you for this info [​IMG]
    You are a little farther south than me if I'm correct. I am northern, close to Canada.
     
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