Why did they stop laying?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by tinyfarmer, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. tinyfarmer

    tinyfarmer New Egg

    Sep 18, 2012
    Hi There,

    I have 2 Khaki Campbell females. I got them "used" from Craigslist about a year ago. I was told they were both a year old and good layers. They laid for about a year after I bought them and stopped about 3 months ago. I can not figure out why, unless I was not told the truth about their age.
    Once in a while a very tiny egg will be laid but that is all I've seen. They are not "hiding" the eggs somewhere I can't see and the eggs are not being eaten by another critter. They are very well cared for with a high quality laying feed and nothing about their care has ever changed.
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    I have found my runners need a rest of about two or three months after laying for a while.

    What are they being fed? Can you tell us more about their day to day lives?


    Last edited: Sep 18, 2012
  3. tinyfarmer

    tinyfarmer New Egg

    Sep 18, 2012
    thanks for the welcome!
    they are fed a pellet lay feed, same as my chickens.
    they spend their days lounging and waddling around with plenty of space in a big enclosed coop and run with 4 chicken hens. They have a little pool to play in and get plenty of lettuce to snack on.
    They have been treated very well and, as I say, nothing has really changed about their care. After about a year, they just stopped laying. I thought the chickens might have been eating the eggs but after much investigation could tell that they just weren't laying at all (you can tell when a duck is going to lay by looking at their body...there is a "pooch" in the belly!)

    Hopefully they will start again in the new year when the days get longer again. Maybe this was just a long weird break! More thoughts from anyone???
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2012
  4. Mum

    Mum Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 23, 2011
    Welcome to the forums, tiny farmer [​IMG]

    Khakis are prolific layers, but, they do go off lay from time to time; are they moulting?
    Are they getting enough calcium ( my chickens and ducks are given either extra oyster shell, or, baked crushed eggshells in addition to their feed).
  5. Lamar Estate

    Lamar Estate Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2011
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    I have a 1 1/2 yr. old Khaki Campbell x Cayuga and her 1 yr. old daughter (from a Cayuga). They both started laying at around 6 months old. Some days, they would lay 2 eggs. There were even a few days of three eggs.

    Since around January, they haven't laid an egg at all. I have no idea why. They are healthy. They get the same food. They have the same routine.

    I'd also love to hear from others about guesses why this happens.

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