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what age do ducks start laying?

Bramerton
by Bramerton
I bought three ducks(two ducks and a drake) last week and was told that they were about 20 weeks old. They are settling in nicely, getting excited when they see me and the prospect of being fed. At what age should I expect them to start laying? How can I encourage them as I am looking forward to an egg for my breakfast. Are there any duck eggs you can not eat? The ducks were sold to me as Apricot Call Ducks however I suspect that they are some sort of mallards as they are now much too big. The male is very pretty - black head with slight green sheen, soft grey back with a black rump and a real gentleman too - always lets his grils eat first, even when snails are on the menu! 8)
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TESSANN
#1
by TESSANN
Congratulations on your new ducks!!

At 20 weeks old they should be about ready to lay, so keep an eye out. I used to eat my Khaki Campbell eggs but don't know about Call Ducks.

Have fun !!

Rosemary
Jack Daniels
#2
by Jack Daniels
I used to eat my Khaki Campbell eggs


She laid for you, but not for me!
How did this hobby take over my life!
mammachucky
#3
by mammachucky
Hi there

we eat our white call duck eggs!! They're yummy!!
Bramerton
#4
by Bramerton
Our ducks have started laying! Lily was the first with beautiful creamy white eggs and then Poppy started and hers are beautiful 'duck egg blue'. They look fantastic side by side in the egg basket and are delicious to eat. My daughter had one for breakfast this morning and we shared an omlet yesterday lunchtime. Oh the joy and satisfaction of home produce!

They are probably fertilised as we have a drake. How long will they keep before they have to be eaten and is it best to keep them in the fridge? Poppy's tend to be a little dirty whereas Lily's are very clean. Should I wash them before storing?

Thanks for all the help and advice.
TESSANN
#5
by TESSANN
Great news!!

I used to keep my duck eggs in the fridge and eat them up within about ten days. It is best not to wash eggs as it can introduce bacteria into the egg and it will send it bad, although if any of my duck eggs were particularly dirty we did wash them, but make sure the water is about the same temp as the egg.

I understand it is illegal to sell washed chicken eggs because of the risk of contamination, but with duck eggs I think the laws are a bit more relaxed.

Enjoy !
Bramerton
#6
by Bramerton
Hi Tessann

thanks for the advice. My daughters and I all had duck eggs and toast soldiers for breakfast, they were fantastic. They were no different to chicken's eggs, I was a little worried that they might be strong tasting and that the girls would not like them.

We have now moved ducks to their permenant enclosure in the orchard and they seem to like the duck palace my husband built for them (insulated and lined out!) Poppy has continued to lay however Lily has not laid for two days. Will she be getting egg bound or could the change in environment have stopped her ovulating for a time? They all seem very happy, eating, swimming, quietly talking to each other and sleeping in what little sun we are having at the moment.
DeClance
#7
by DeClance

I have 2 Muscovy Ducklings. One of each. They are only four weeks old today. I bought 6 fertile eggs. They were partially incubated, and spent the last nine days under a reluctant Cream Legbar, but just the two hatched out. When the duck is old enough to lay, the hope is, that in time, they will breed. They are different colours, and from different parents. I will then have more eggs to eat, cook with, and cope with the neighbours requests for more of my eggs. I already have a dozen Hens, but have wanted Ducks for some time. The Muscovies are delightful birds, they are quiet, unlike other breeds, and I believe that they are good layers. Looking forward to the outcome.

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