Hi Everyone, I have read a lot of posts that have helped me and decided to join to "pick your brains"
I have recently purchased 2 Aylesbury ducks, a Drake and a Hen. There are approx 18-20 weeks. This is my second pair of Aylesbury's, the first 2 two hand reared and very tame but unfortunately a fox got into the pen.
I have a few questions and please excuse me if I am being stupid, I have tried to research as much as I could before purchasing and to be honest can not find that much specific information on the net.
Firstly, these two new ducks don't seem as greedy as the first two, the first pair would eat constantly if I allowed them and the two new ones are not eating a huge amount (today I have given them two handfuls of layers and 2 handfuls of mixed corn and there was still a small amount left at the end of the day) I don't know if this is normal, I'm just comparing the amount the first 2 ate.
Secondly I know the female will start to lay any time between now and the next 6 weeks or so, will she lay this year or will she start laying in spring? Do they only lay between spring and late summer normally?
Thirdly, The Drake is, I believe, mating with the Hen and I didn't know if this was normal regardless of whether the hen was laying or not, I have searched for eggs but am yet to find one. I have a very small pond in the garden that they have never visited, but they love being sprayed with the hose, and actively run over whenever I turn the hose on, after I have sprayed them the Hen lowers her stance and the Drake is pushing her head down and getting on her back, I assume this is them mating? There is also a lot of "head bobbing"
any information would be great and again I am new to all this so hopefully you wont consider me stupid! :D