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Double duck problem!

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  • Started 3 years ago by kittietrixie
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  1. Anonymous
    Unregistered

    Hi.
    I am new to the forum and am delighted to have access to your knowledge and experience to help me work out what's going on with my khaki campbell ducks.

    First problem is that my 2 ducks have not laid any eggs since I got them last autumn. They are approximately 2 years old, look healthy and appear to be quite happy with their setting. Any ideas why they are not laying?

    Second problem - one of the two ducks is very broody and really only wants to lie in the nest box all day. That is very upsetting as when I go to see her, she is heavy breathing and generally not herself. What can I do to try to stop the broodiness? I have closed the door to her shed so she cannot get into the nest box, but her calls are such that I feel cruel not letting her do what nature demands of her. Of course, there are no eggs there to brood over!
    Any help will be gratefully received. Thank you again.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  2. campbell ridge
    Administrator

    Hi Kittie. It is strange that your girls have not started laying yet. Can you tell us what you feed them on, what access they have to swimming and drinking water, how much room they have to roam around, what size house they have, what bedding material you use and what surface do they live on?
    You say they they are approximately 2 years old but could they be older? Are they moulting atm? Have you checked in the straw for signs of egg without shell?

    Regards,
    Sarah

    Sarah L
    Posted 3 years ago #
  3. Anonymous
    Unregistered

    Hi Sarah,
    thank you for engaging in what are two major problems for me.
    To answer each of your questions - I feed them layers pellets and bought a special bag of smallholding duck pellets 2 weeks ago as I read that they need lots of calcium. So, though I am sure that the original pellets give what is required, I erred on the side of caution in getting a new bag.
    They have ready access to a pond for swimming and have a 5 litre container of fresh water every day. They have two runs - one is approx 20 feet x 50 feet and the other, which has grass, is about the same size.
    The share a shed which is approximately 6x8 feet and the bedding is hay. The floor of the shed is wood with hay spread around it - outside they have earth due to all the grass being dug up in the wet weather, and the other run is grass.
    I guess they could be older than I think - took the word of the seller as regards their age at the time and he said they were good egg layers! No signs of moulting and yes, checked the hay for signs of eggs but absolutely nothing found.
    Does this give you any clues? Regards,

    Posted 3 years ago #
  4. duskhunter
    Member

    I had a similar problem last year and found the girls were laying in the pond. Now they don't have access to that till the afternoon doesn't stop it but cuts it down.

    Also saw a crow swoop into their run and steal an egg.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  5. Hi Kitty your set up sounds fine as does their diet, one thing though straw or woodshavings or both is better for bedding it will soak up water and poops better, hay is really a food but not for ducks
    I have 6 girls and only find on average 2 or 3 eggs each morning in the shed the others either as Angela says end up in the pond or hidden under bushes some where, other than that maybe you have been wrongly sold ducks as egg layers,
    During moults which one of mine is doing at the moment egg production can drop as like you have heard they need the calcium to grow new feathers I feed mine spinach at this time to give them a boost
    another point khakis should lay all year so the fact you have not seen any eggs does point to them being none layers which is a shame

    mo x
    Posted 3 years ago #
  6. Anonymous
    Unregistered

    Thank you both for your input. It looks like I have been sold non-layers, but then it is a question of trust I guess as there is not way of establishing their status on the day of collection! Anyway, they are so endearing that I cannot imagine not having them. Donna, the lady who is currently broody is getting quite annoyed when I compel her to leave the nest to ensure that she gets adequate water and food in 24 hours, but observing the power of the natural instinct to brood is humbling in the extreme and a great privilege! So, no eggs but huge pleasure. Thanks again, Hilda

    Posted 3 years ago #
  7. Hi Hilda, Is Donna still trying to sit? Have they started laying now the weather has warmed up?
    Could you get some fertile eggs to pop under Donna to hatch off?
    Kind regards
    Sara @ farmingfriends

    Posted 3 years ago #
  8. Anonymous
    Unregistered

    Hi Sara, yes, Donna is still broody though is coming out to socialise twice a day now so that is an improvement for her. I had thought about getting eggs to put under her but was then concerned that her broodiness might come to an end before the eggs hatch. No eggs from either girls yet so the weather change has not made a difference to them. Regards,

    Posted 3 years ago #
  9. campbell ridge
    Administrator

    Hi Hilda. have you got any photos of your ducks that you can post on here or on facebook? as it would show us their age. https://www.facebook.com/groups/44523236595/?fref=ts
    Had you thought about introducing a drake? The mating often stimulates my white campbells into laying in spring (they are less frequent layers than the khakis)
    Sarah

    Sarah L
    Posted 3 years ago #
  10. Anonymous
    Unregistered

    Hi Sarah,
    photo attached - not sure if it is clear enough. They have a drake in situ already so it looks like there are no excuses left! I put some eggs under Donna - well, I say under but she refuses to sit on them though she is still sitting in the nest! Looking forward to your thoughts on age if the photo is adequate. Regards,

    Posted 3 years ago #
  11. Anonymous
    Unregistered

    Sarah, I think I need some guidance on getting the photo uploaded as I am not on facebook so it will have to be via another route. Regards,

    Posted 3 years ago #
  12. campbell ridge
    Administrator

    Kittietrixie emailed me some photos and i have responded. I believe the smaller broody one to be part mallard, the khaki looks in moult and they all look fairly young.

    Sarah L
    Posted 3 years ago #
  13. Hi All,
    Here are kittietrixies ducks.

    Thanks Sarah for sorting this.
    Kind regards
    Sara

    Posted 3 years ago #

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