When will the eggs begin?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by kylee2katie, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. kylee2katie

    kylee2katie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 13 week old pekin, 2 - 12 week old mallards. all hens. At what age do they "typically" begin to lay eggs? How will I know they are getting "ready"?
     
  2. Happycheese

    Happycheese Out Of The Brooder

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    They will typically start after their first winter I would think, at least mine did. The one hen started on March 12th and the younger one on April 1st while there was still frost on the ground at night. (we had a very cold winter)
     
  3. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    Light weight ducks start around 17-24 weeks of age. Heavy breeds around 20-30 weeks. This also heavily depends on food and light exposure. You want winter egg you will need to add a light source or live somewhere with lots of natural light. We live at 4200 feet with so much light (over 300 days of sunshine) and almost never a cloud in sight that we don't even need to do that. Ironically people only 2 hours west of us do get a lot of clouds and do need to add lights in winter. So some ducks will stop in winter all together, if there is not enough light.
     
  4. Jeeper1540

    Jeeper1540 Chillin' With My Peeps

    thanks for posting that "katharinad"
    I was wondering, now i can expect to find eggs in about a month
     
  5. kylee2katie

    kylee2katie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much! I won't anticipate eggs this year then....darn...[​IMG]
    Still, does their behavior/appearance change when it is time?
     

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