when will my free loading ducks start laying?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by -kimm-, Feb 16, 2017.

  1. -kimm-

    -kimm- Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 31, 2016
    My girls hatched around April last year and still haven't started laying eggs. We got them a boyfriend but he is a butthead. They are buffs and very healthy.
  2. DJTfarm

    DJTfarm New Egg

    Feb 16, 2017
    Mine are laying sporadically right now, (maybe 1 egg every other week) but you can tell the boys are starting to get interested in the girls. Same with the geese.
  3. Ren2014

    Ren2014 Blessed Beyond Hope

    Jan 27, 2014
    Are they confined at all times? Could they be laying somewhere you don't see? They should have started laying before winter of last year. Have they molted? They don't usually lay during molt. They could be getting ready to start again after this winter. Here in Texas ours lay year around. I hope yours start soon[​IMG]
  4. -kimm-

    -kimm- Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 31, 2016
    They are in an enclosed run and coop. I do let them out sometimes to play in the grass but since we have some hawks and an owl that live on our property so only when I am with them. There has been some talk of getting rid of them so hopefully they produce some soon.
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  5. Hi,
    Do you provide any oyster shell for egg laying?
    Also Drakes do better breeding in water....A shallow rubber stock bowl they can get into works great for breeding and in warm areas a kiddie pool is a great place for breeding......

  6. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    I always think about iamcuriositycat's experience - a garden hose used to supply water was leaching a chemical that prevented her flock from laying.

    I would think about switching out watering buckets - especially if they are plastic (try stainless steel - used ones are not that hard to come by around here). Try a different hose if you use one for their swim water.

    What feed are you using? How often do you feed, and how much? Any supplements? Free choice oyster shell on the side? What's their environment like? Noises? Other animals?

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