Is reaching into the nest to get the baby each day OK, or is it better to wait until all have hatched before getting them? They’re still very young and things could change. Here are two articles on Backyard Chickens about breaking an egg-eater. I use it because if I don’t have a contact form with a captcha, I get way more spam than real emails. Top 7 Best Egg Laying Duck Breeds. Our German Shepherd puppy, Nora, quickly became an egg thief once she started discovering nests, although we were able to nip the habit in the bud. Good luck with your new ducks (and chickens)! Also, most Runners lay extremely well–but mainly just for the first few years. Last year, I bought four geese from a lady who claimed the all-gray geese were females and the saddleback (part gray, part white) ones were males. If it’s hot, they also need a lot of shade. Parsley is supposed to be a laying stimulant. Thanks for your advice. If they freak out at being held or herded, it could be stressful. I hope that helps! Anacona. Geese lay best when there are 11 hours of sunlight, and they quit laying by the time there are 13 hours of sunlight. I know there are lots of factors involved here. If you happen to come across a surprise clutch of eggs, simply float the eggs in cold water. Definitely they are good to eat. I have an Indian runner. Raising Ducks is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. If you’ve been pushing your ducks to lay as fast as they can, they will run out of eggs sooner. They are in a good sized paddock with cattle panel fencing to free range during the day (they also get some layer feed)and locked in an old horse stall w/ chicken wire around the edges at night. That’s interesting. I have ruled out season, daylight, age, illness, broodiness, weight, and molt. The Muscovies probably won’t lay again until next spring, unfortunately. 15 reasons, I Found a Hidden Nest! Any suggestions on how to jump start their laying? Some ducks laying eggs, some not. You might not see improvement immediately, especially since I think you’d be approaching winter in Australia, right? Others don’t, in which case you should certainly remove the shells. Once an animal finds a source of food, they will usually keep coming back. The definitive answer is here. Pekin Duck Egg Laying On average, Pekin ducks lay between 200 to 300 extra large white eggs annually. Also, she needs calcium in order to lay. Many ducks are seasonal layers. Thank you. I once bought eleven ducklings. She tends to stay out of sight and mind he, Leo is such a happy puppy. You can’t expect your duck to lay steadily for 5+ years if it’s a Khaki Campbell that has been eating a high-protein diet and been living in artificially extended days. Would it be the crazy weather we have been having that has hampered their return to laying? I think she’s probably just not quite ready to lay yet, but she should start soon. They slow down much faster. I hope you find an answer soon! They don’t appear to be molting or ill. No evidence of rats in the barn. They went into their usual moult in Feb (we live in Australia) and have not laid since then. It’s hard to convince some ducks that your nest is the best place to lay. That’s all very reassuring. Observe your ducks for at least a few minutes a day. Unfortunately, constant laying is unnatural and thus can only be maintained with an unnatural diet. Please help. This breed originates from England and is excellent for a family with children due to their … Even cooked chicken which I found weird but my vet suggested. I’ve also been fluffing up her bedding and basically destroying her nest. The adults did okay, and they were Muscovies, so they didn’t lay a tremendous amount anyway, but they took forever to molt. Eggs contain a lot of water. Describe her diet. At the bottom of the form below the Captcha there is a blank box. Sure, you can clean this area. That will take several weeks and they will not lay if they’re molting. What am I supposed to answer or put in that box so my message will get sent to you? It’s hard to say for sure, but I do think the weather is one of the most likely factors, and possibly the feed too. A Pekin hen typically starts laying eggs when she is five to six months old. Unfortunately, some ducks are so desperate to lay in whatever hidden nest they deem superior to what they have in their coop that they will hold their eggs until they are let out, even if it’s past noon, so keeping them in the coop isn’t necessarily foolproof. Some nights one will make her way into the house, but the others will come to the door and let us know when its time to get to bed. Surely the ducks, at least, have laid during the last year. 3. If not, then perhaps either her disability or the painkillers are somehow affecting her laying. The highest egg production will always be during the first year, and it gradually tapers down after that. Young young ducks may be about to start laying eggs. The average length is 7-9 years. She is not super active but she never really has been. I can only think it’s a thief – a determined possum or raccoon could possibly climb in from the top. I am trying use your Contact form to send you a few questions. I have a flock of parent stock which are a year old. We'd get one or two eggs in certain nesting boxes, then those ducks would stop laying and others would start up in different nesting boxes. Describe her schedule. Also, just seeing your ducks mating doesn’t mean they’re ready to produce eggs, because drakes are able to mate before female ducks are ready to lay. About 5 weeks ago I purchased 1 male and 2 mature khaki Campbell ducks who were laying with their previous owner. Usually when the treats are getting past their human’s standards of fresh, i.e. Supplemental light. You’re right, Call ducks are not good layers. Adding new ducks to a flock can upset and stress them all, temporarily, due to the pecking order changes. Egg production and egg quality of an egg laying duck are greatly influenced by the food that she is eating. 3. Thanks for your information and suggestions, very helpful. There are other possibilities, of course (perhaps they’re not getting enough food? It can also prolong molting. The ducks are laying incredibly well, My face when people call my sheep goats. Pekin ducks will quack about any predators close to them. They are not particularly productive egg layers laying between 120 and 160 per year. Ducks often lay for far longer than chickens. It also depends on the breed because some ducks lay eggs throughout the year and they can lay over 250 eggs or more. Do I need to separate the males and female? Thanks for getting back to me. I can’t help you a whole lot beyond the information in the article without more information. It’s a daily egg hunt since they don’t nest like chickens do. I’m sorry for the problems you had with the contact form. Your email address will not be published. 15 reasons, I Found a Hidden Nest! The onset of winter is the most likely reason. Should I begin to worry? However, especially the first day you do this, they may refuse to lay their egg until you let them out. So, it’s very important to feed your laying ducks balanced diet feed containing sufficient amount of necessary vitamins and minerals. Do you mean you’ve had the geese for over a year and they haven’t laid a single egg? If you want your ducks to find all their food free ranging, that’s great, but you simply cannot expect 300 eggs a year, because that’s an unnatural amount and can only be achieved through unnatural feeding. In that case, it might work to let them out later. When did they stop laying? Yes, I think that laying will resume once they finish molting, now that everything else seems to have been resolved. I’m sure everything has been going well so far or you would have mentioned it, but you definitely want to keep an eye out for missing feathers on the back of the ducks’ necks and things like that. They live with 2 Chinese geese in a very secure 12X24 house with a constant supply of water. Stress will hamper a duck’s laying ability severely, or even completely prevent her from laying. Now we have not found a single egg for days. But, I’m only getting one egg or none a day. A productive duck that can also lay up to 300 eggs is Runner duck. If it isn’t specifically for laying birds, it’s possible they need extra calcium. A duck that sits in the corner with droopy feathers, not eating much, if at all, is probably sick, and probably won’t lay. Thank you for your reply! Are you absolutely positive the duck is a female? So, if you let your ducks sit a nest, of course, you’ll see a slow down in egg production while they molt. They also have a homemade shelter/coop thing with a nesting box in it. Some kind of health problem would be my best guess, but I don’t know for sure. If your duck has just hatched ducklings, don’t expect her to lay eggs for at least two months. Even if they are in a coop all morning and/or spend the day in an enclosed run, be sure that there are no gaps that an animal could slip through. Cold also influences their laying. Slightly larger than the others on this … Being mated too often is also stressful, so it’s not recommended to keep ducks in pairs. Other than that, though, she seemed fine. They free range and have a large pond. I hatched ten chickens earlier this year, and the gap between the first ones starting to lay and the last ones was three or four weeks, despite all the pullets being the exact same age. It depends on where you live, of course, but many people’s ducks aren’t laying much, if at all, right now. Many other health problems can hinder laying, even if they don’t have many other external symptoms. Do you recommend putting fresh cut mulch in a duck run? This has been going on for a few months now. The only thing I can think of that might be causing a hold on the duck laying is that every night we have to herd/carry the ducks into the bird house, 5x4x5 with the upper levels for the chickens with nesting box offset. One of them is less than is a year old and the other two are two years old. I was assuming one of our chickens are stealing the eggs, but I check for eggs when I let them out.I also don’t let them out until noon to make sure they lay. Their schedule? 2. These calm-natured ducks are a little bit skittish but make excellent pets due to their unique personalities and overall durability. 2. I agree that feeding once or twice a day is probably better, especially since they have access to forage. Seed scratch is fine as a treat, but it’s essentially junk food, empty calories, so be sure it doesn’t comprise a large percentage of their diet. I can also try to help you more, if you provide a little more information. A duck that relies on the food it gets from free ranging, or one that only receives “treat” foods such as lettuce and watermelon is not getting enough nutrition—especially protein—to regularly lay. How to Tell if Your Duck is Boy or a Girl, 10 Effective Ways to Sex Your Muscovy Duck, How to Use Lights to Increase Duck Egg Production, https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/slipped-tendon-in-chick-anyone-ever-try-to-fix-this-experiences.879233/, https://www.metzerfarms.com/Articles/DucksAndGeeseOverweight.pdf, https://www.raising-ducks.com/when-assist-hatching/, I Found a Hidden Nest! A sudden shortening of days may also trigger a molt (for example, if you suddenly start putting your ducks in a dark coop before the sun is down, or if your artificial light fails). They share a coop with chicken but have a fence in between them. Table 5.4: Site of egg-laying by individual Pekin ducks during a behavioural demand test where they had to perform increasing amounts of work to access a nest box containing a preferred substrate (saw dust) while the least preferred option (astroturf) remained free. They are coming up to a year old in a few days. You can listen to more here! Many people use artificial lights for their chickens and ducks in order to get eggs during the winter. Has anything changed recently? After I do the Captcha and submit it says incorrcet user input. I do have chickens and geese , but I have never seen any scuffling. How do you know which ducks laid the eggs? My boy is not rough with her either. Thank you for your input we really appreciate any and all help. I read about changing their diets but if the other 3 are laying fine could it even be their diet that’s the problem? I agree that a thief seems like one of the most likely possibilities. Even if the days should be long enough, are your ducks kept in a dark barn or coop? Thinking how often do ducks lay eggs? The mom isn’t necessarily laying. How recently did you get them? Have you looked around? It's too early to know, I love mornings like this and I love waking up ear, This is Leo, our new puppy! Some ducks, however, can lay well even when they’re eight years old or more. It might help if you switch her to a layer feed (I think “duck crumble” refers to a generic waterfowl feed, right? You can still add peas, mealworms, chicken, and other veggies and foods, but they can’t be a staple by themselves. Here’s an article I wrote on defeating those sneaky ladies who hide their eggs—although I can tell you from personal experience that it’s pretty much impossible to completely prevent them from hiding eggs without taking away their free ranging privileges or at least keeping them locked up in a coop or run until noon. For example, if they hatched in March, they’d be old enough to lay around September, but by that time the days would be too short, so they would only start the next spring, most likely only after all the snow has melted. And foraging, well, it’s hard to say, but a good chunk of that is veggies too. They can’t lay while they’re incubating! Or if your ducks have been laying less and less as the years pass, it’s because they’re getting older. These ducks were bred specifically for meat and egg production but have become almost synonymous with the word duck today. Not all Pekins have the instinct to sit on and hatch a nest full of eggs. Could this have something to do with them not laying regular? For a span of maybe two weeks, after I upped their food, we were getting … Your duck herself is an even more likely culprit than a wily fox. Is there anything I can do to help this situation? Once our pond is complete with filtration they will not be upset we dumped the water in our garden where they can’t go dig in the ponds. Before bedtime, high-fat, high-calorie treats such as cracked corn or peanuts help to put on a bit of extra weight for winter and keep the ducks warm overnight digesting it (peanuts are far more nutritious than corn); Be sure your duck house is well-ventilated. Being alone IS stressful. We still feed them every day, and they stay near our back gate. Most flock raisers offer their birds free choice oyster shell or crushed eggshells to be sure they have adequate calcium. As for the other duck, I’ve heard that broodiness is contagious. She has not laid a single egg. So one of the older ones is still laying and the younger one and other older one aren’t? This is one of the oldest ducks there is which people have been using on their farm. Most ducks molt right before winter and then lay again in spring. I’ve moved them into a yard that is about 5meters long and 3meters wide made out wire so they can get as much light as possible. Wow a lot of questions! I have a Pekin who is 3 years old. Molting definitely has a huge effect on their laying and it can take time for them to kick back in after molting, so that could easily be the cause, although I would expect them to return to laying very soon if so. Some people expect them to mature earlier. Do you think she could have chosen a hidden place to lay her eggs? She will probably hiss and peck at anyone who comes near her. How can I capture these eggs? A laying duck’s diet needs to contain approximately 17% protein. Also, feeding plain corn, scratch, or any commercial feed with inadequate protein will cause problems. If you bought adult ducks from someone else who didn’t mention their age, it’s possible they’re too old to lay. They live with a 1 1/2 yr old female goose and next door to them in the run lives 5 chickens. If the chickens only started two weeks ago, there’s a chance the ducks will still start soon. I’m not really sure. Pekins need to be at least five months old before they start laying. Foraging, veggies, and wheat are all healthy and natural, but they also make the ducks lay a more natural amount. Khaki Campbells generally only lay well for their first two years, and then they start slowing down. So I’m completely baffled by all this bc prior to molting she was the most dependable layer easily outlaying all my chickens. We did find a small snake a few weeks ago – not sure what he thought he was going to do w/ that egg as it was waaayyy too big for him & snakes seem an unlikely culprit for every single egg. I don’t know how strong it is or if it has been proven, but a lot of people use it and insist it works. Sorry, this is all over the place, but i hope it helped. They forage around the garden all day and get peas as a treat and duck crumble twice a day. Once they do imprint, separating them is extremely stressful. My Muscovies, which don’t lay very much, usually will lay a clutch of 5-15 eggs, and then stop laying and go broody. They arrived to our home April ’20 with 3 chickens and were all raised together. Only one of our female is laying the others aren’t. 5) Once the babies have hatched should we leave the empty egg shells in the nest for the mother to eat or outside the nest or something else? If she’s locked up all day with no ability to forage, with food available 24/7, she could be overeating. I’ve never seen it before and it’s definitely not supposed to be there. The older ones laid all year round last year, but after their molt and this winter they just stopped except one of them. Where I live, fire ants love to feed on the membrane and other stuff in the shell, so if the ducks or I don’t remove the shells quickly, the nest can become infested with fire ants. Shouldn’t my ducks be laying more eggs than this? Managing the health of your flock is a hands-on process, and you must make time daily to handle feeding, cleaning and maintenance. So definitely change her diet. I lost one duckling to fire ants and have been very careful ever since. The prime temperature for duck egg laying is on days when the temperature is between 40 to 85 degrees. If they don’t start laying pretty soon, though, you might want to experiment with changing their diet. You have a flock of female ducks and you discover two eggs in their house. I decided to separate the males and the females and re-feed developer diet with the requisite Phosphorus levels for 2 months before rejoining the females. Peas are fantastic, but only when balanced with other foods. Here’s a closeup video of my two adorable Muscovy duck sisters, Peaches and Mitzi, laying their eggs: I think this is the most common answer to the complaint, “My ducks aren’t laying!” There are very few breeds of ducks that will lay all year round, and even those don’t necessarily lay if there isn’t enough light. Whilst the ducks were on developer the eggs being laid dropped to 7%. That sounds normal. I’m not sure if the sharp points would be a risk to other hatchlings, but you’ll need to remove them at some point anyway if the mother doesn’t eat them. They have adequate food (1lb a day for all three) and water and are in a pen so nothing is taking their eggs. Hi, I have a problem for which I would like some advice. Sellers aren’t necessarily trustworthy. Nope. It’s possible to assist a duckling, but you have to be very, very careful and only assist once you’re sure the blood vessels have receded. Those that sink to the bottom are still fresh. It might be worth trying giving your birds a little bit of parsley for a few days. Some breeds of ducks are seasonal layers and only lay in spring no matter how long the days are. However, I think they’re still a bit young to show any major decrease in egg production. You could also perhaps try using supplemental light to convince them to lay despite the shortening days. 4. When does she eat? They don't get let out until 10:00am, to make sure they lay eggs in the duck house (our duck house is 8x8feet, with four attached nesting boxes) All winter and spring the ducks would take turns laying. I don’t think you have much to worry about. There are a few breeds of geese that you can sex by color, but I was suspicious because I didn’t think ours were one of those breeds. They lay eggs at night or at sunrise at around 4 am to 8 am. 3 are khaki Campbell’s and the others are Muscovy’s. This is all I can think of right now. Be sure they’re active, eating and drinking well, and in good health. It usually doesn’t have as much of an effect on Khaki Campbells as other breeds, but it might still help. We have 4 ducks, 2 ladies and 2 drakes, one being a Crested Pekin, the others possibly a cross of Swedish/Cayuga, other male crested as well. I am not sure if lack of a companion is stressful enough to prevent laying, but I recommend getting her a companion either way. Ducks lay the most during their first year, and gradually slow as they age. Anyway, I suspect the addition of the drake is the reason they’re laying less. If your ducks free range (like ours), this is a likely reason. In their pool they also maybe once a month get a treat of live fish. Is this their night pen only, or do they spend all their time in this area? Is it good to wash/clean that area outside the nest, or is it better to not disturb them? They both lay about 100-150 eggs a year and they usually stop laying somewhere between June and November, and only start again in spring. It’s possible that this is the first sign of some sickness, but it’s unlikely. After I break up their broodiness, it’s usually a few weeks before they lay again. I got a pair 2 months ago, and no breeding or eggs yet. They are very active and don’t seem stressed at all. ... As I write this article on raising Pekin ducks, there are twelve eggs inside: the same amount that our … Far too many people breed their ducks for no real reason and then end up with too many extra drakes that they don’t know what to do with. Thanks again! If your duck goes broody and you aren’t intending on letting her hatch any babies, you’ll have to break her up in order for her to get back to normal life and start laying again. These ducks are usually very active therefore don’t get surprised if somethings get dirty on the farm. You might consider trying to counteract the effect by adding artificial light in their coop. I’m not sure about the Khakis. Maybe she’s just a little weaker, which made her more susceptible to parasites, which hindered her from laying. Of course free ranging is natural, and ducks in the wild don’t have any trouble laying. I believe that the farm I bought them from was honest and they did lay the first two days. When trying to pin down the exact reason your ducks are not laying, these are the main factors to consider: If you’re still not sure, contact me and I’ll try to help you. February seems a bit early to molt to me, but I’m not really familiar with weather in Australia. How large is it? Normally that would take 1-4 weeks, but sometimes stress can trigger a molt, which would prevent them from laying for longer. But, some duck breeds are far better than others at laying top grade eggs consistently throughout the year – including during the winter months. I picked them up and brought them to their new home. Even the best nest boxes might not always appeal to a particular duck. If they molt or are molting, they probably won’t. What is a good number of male ducks to female for fertility? Try Not To Encourage Egg Production Too Early. Save my name, email, and site URL in my browser for next time I post a comment. I’m not a vet or experienced with drugs, but I also wonder if being on painkillers for so long could be damaging her health and messing up her system. We had to make the i, Sylvie. Assuming so, I wonder if it could be a genetic problem, possibly caused by inbreeding? Then she tastes it and…yum! The stress of moving can hamper laying for up to 4 weeks. My ducks often stop laying when it’s extremely hot. Moon here is six years old and still lays well. We feed them egg layer with 17% protein and the occasional treats. Ours live on the ocean salt water. We Some people don’t give their ducks water during the night, but if they’re in there until noon, they definitely would need it, especially in hot weather. Keep in mind that it varies a lot and these are just averages. You could try deworming them, just in case. They initially started to lay in December 2018 and the percentage laid rose up to 75% then we had a dip and problems – the egg percentages dived, I had lame ducks, paralysed ducks and some even died. They are fun. By four or five, they probably won’t be very productive. I’m guessing that they’re laying outside the coop. It takes several months for them to get back into laying after having babies. Read “When do ducks stop laying eggs?” for more on when ducks stop laying. Regular feeding habit of duck affects it’s health. Hi I was given 3 Indian runner ducklings 2 males & 1 female last year. Also we have been having a drought. Then, they’ll bring water back to the nest area in their feathers to moisten the area. Has anything stressful happened? Maybe you can try letting them out a bit later. Thanks for your reply, not sure if she is broody as never kept ducks before tbh, but she is not keeping to the nest she makes in the straw she is out with the other ducks. What is happening? Worms can cause a drop in egg production. But the amount of protein can vary according to the breeds of duck. She is on a basic pain killer which I give to her every few days as when she was on it regularly she wouldn’t eat, and then my boy wouldn’t either. Obesity in ducks hasn’t been researched or studied. There have been not, I haven't been active for a while and somehow I ne, And we've got ducklings! Primarily, the Pekin is kept as a table bird, although your ducks will lay, on average, 140 eggs a year. However, with proper care, a duck can live to be about 12 years old. We did get a few small eggs over the past couple of months but I chalked it up to their youth. I remember her feathers were also kind of weird. She used to lay quite regularly but I haven’t had an egg from her in ages. The exact age when they stop laying, however, varies, depending on the breed and how hard you have pushed them to lay. Hi, I have 8 ducks in total. The highest egg production will always be during the first year, and it gradually tapers down after that. Have you actually tried to fix the slipped tendon? Always eating and drinking. 3 juvenile females two of which have been laying every day and 5 x 2 month old ducklings, one of which is definitely a male. Raising Ducks is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. ), but this is what strikes me as by far the most likely. She was born with slipped tendons in both her knees but I take her to the vets on a regular basis to be sure she’s not in pain. What Time of Year Do Ducks Lay Eggs. Do you have extra calcium available? Do you think worms could be a possibility? The rule of thumb is 4-5 square feet per duck for the night, and at least 10 square feet per duck for the day or for a full time pen. They have never had a problem with laying previously. Any advice you could give me? He's part Gre, The social dynamics of the goose flock have always, Mitzi always looks so cool and collected. The eggs she was laying can’t possibly be fertile as the only male duck I have is only 2 months old. 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