Will ducks start laying in winter?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by BiggBen, Sep 7, 2019.

  1. KCNC06

    KCNC06 Songster

    Sep 19, 2009
    Central NC
    I think "winter" is a tricky. It seems like different people define winter differently. And it depends on where you live. In upstate NY, I grew up thinking Thanksgiving was in the winter. (We usually had snow by Halloween!) Now in NC, by the time Christmas passes I say we're well on our way to spring. Daffodils usually bloom by mid-late January.
  2. Daphne_loves_mealworms

    Daphne_loves_mealworms Crowing

    May 13, 2018
    My early June babies from last year waited until the end of March, beginning of April to lay. I live at a decently high altitude in northern Vermont and I do not use artificial light. I kind of liked that they waited as I have this idea, with no evidence to support it, that it was good for their bodies to be able to mature for a longer period before taking on the stress of laying. I’m hoping that it will make them hardier long-term. :idunno
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  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Birds of a Feather

    I like that about Muscovy they haven’t been developed by humans so they have a natural maturing cycle. I do think it helps to keep them from having reproductive issues Mallard derived females can have because they are developed to mature fast and produce so many eggs in their life time. All my Muscovy females have been 8-9 months old before they started to lay.
  4. quackiemama

    quackiemama Free Ranging

    Dec 26, 2018
    My runners laid very consistently through their first winter last year but slowed way down in the spring and through the summer. They have picked up the pace again in the past couple of weeks since it has started to cool down a bit.
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  5. FortCluck

    FortCluck Songster

    Sep 9, 2019
    I'm glad I read this... Good information
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  6. quackiemama

    quackiemama Free Ranging

    Dec 26, 2018
    This whole forum is full of good information and people! :welcome
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