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No eggs from our Aylesbury ducks :o(

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  • Started 4 years ago by Jessieduck
  • Latest reply from campbell ridge

  1. Jessieduck
    Member

    Hello,

    We bought 4 Aylesbury ducks in October 2012. The seller advised that they were 'this year's ducks' and that we were purchasing 3 ducks and 1 drake.

    The ducks have a house, a large paddock to roam, large pond and are fed layer pellets everyday and also occasional grain feed.

    To this day we have not had one egg! Is this normal? Do they not lay during the winter months? Am very confused as have read many articles suggesting that we should have had eggs by now! If we are doing things wrong then we would very much appreciate some help & tips to encourage egg laying.

    Thanking you in anticipation.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  2. Hi Jessie,
    Some breeds don't start laying till spring.
    You could try encouraging them to lay by putting some pot eggs in the duck house.
    Hope they start to lay soon.
    Kind regards
    Sara @ farmingfriends

    Posted 4 years ago #
  3. Hi Jessie I dont think you are doing anything wrong your set up sounds great, they arnt one of the best egg layers, numbers per year wise but as Sara says they should start in the spring time hopefully, is it possible they are laying in the day time and you just arnt finding them yet, under bushes or in the pond even, you say the seller said 3 ducks and 1 drake are you not sure ?
    http://poultrykeeper.com/duck-breeds/aylesbury-ducks

    mo x
    Posted 4 years ago #
  4. Jessieduck
    Member

    Thank you Sara and M40mo for your replies.

    Have spent many days wandering around and looking everywhere just in case an egg may have been left somewhere, however . . . .

    Today we have our first egg!!!!!!!

    The weather is dreadful here up in the Peaks with massive snow drifts and howling gales but one of our ducks has laid its first egg - OMG - so excited!!!

    Anyway, a little more advice required: Do we leave the first egg in the house where we found it or do we take it? Our aim for the ducks is eggs not more ducklings but want to do what's right for the duck as it is their first. Obviously want to encourage more and also the others to lay too.

    Many thanks :o)

    Posted 4 years ago #
  5. campbell ridge
    Administrator

    Hi Jessieduck. Take the egg every morning and enjoy eating them :) Taking or leaving them won't encourage the others to lay, they will do it when their bodies are ready to go. They may lay in the same spot and follow the leader or may lay anywhere and everywhere! Once the weather picks up or if they are mating every day, they will all start laying don't worry. Two more of mine have just started again after our spell of warmer weather last week - when they started mating again.

    Sarah L
    Posted 4 years ago #

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