When do ducks start to lay?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by kargo, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. kargo

    kargo Songster

    May 8, 2009
    I got my babies the 26th of May. When will the girls begin laying? (I believe I have at least two males.[​IMG] ) How old are they when they start to lay? What does a duck egg look like? I have six Pekin and one Swedish.
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2009
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    It depends on the breed #1, then on the individual. My pekin started laying about 5-5 1/2 months old. I think it's 20-24 weeks for most breeds.

    ETA: My duck eggs don't really look all that different, but they feel different. They are very smooth feeling, and sometimes waxy. My pekins lay huge eggs to, I always know which ones are theirs!
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2009
  3. TrystInn

    TrystInn Songster

    Sep 16, 2009
    Southern Arizona
    That significantly depends on how large the breed is - smaller breeds mature quicker, larger ones take longer to mature.

    For what it's worth my Khaki Campbells didn't start laying until 21 weeks.
  4. kcardella

    kcardella Songster

    May 29, 2009
    Leslie, AR
    I have Khaki Campbells and Welsh Harlequins. I got them May 11, and I just got my first egg a couple of days ago. I got one two days in a row, but nothing for the last 3 days.

    I have no idea which ones are laying.
  5. txredneckmedic

    txredneckmedic Songster

    Apr 20, 2009
    i got my first pekins about a month before easter, ive gotten one egg this week.
  6. bufforp89

    bufforp89 Songster

    Jul 26, 2009
    Chenango Forks NY
    my five campbell girls lay me 5 eggs almost everyday since they were 5 months old.

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