When do ducks start to lay?

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

  1. kargo

    kargo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
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  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    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!
     
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  3. TrystInn

    TrystInn Chillin' With My Peeps

    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    bufforp89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my five campbell girls lay me 5 eggs almost everyday since they were 5 months old.
     

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