Why aren’t my ducks laying eggs? 15 reasons

Ducks lay eggs. Except when they don’t.

Why aren’t my ducks laying? Why did my ducks suddenly stop laying? When will my ducks lay? Shouldn’t my ducks be laying more eggs than this? It’s one of the most frustrating issues people have with their ducks, and also one of the most frequent complaints I hear.

The answer is here. Every “my ducks aren’t laying eggs!” case I’ve ever heard of can be attributed to one or more of these fifteen causes:

Aggressive Ducks: Why drakes attack and how to permanently stop aggression

You’re wondering how you can walk in your yard without Mr. Macho tearing a gash in your leg with his razor-sharp talons and leaving nasty dark bruises with his hard, twisting bite. You don’t want to resort to inviting your beloved drake for dinner. Neither do you want to become the subject of the next viral YouTube video if your neighbors catch you facing off a little 15-pound duck in medieval armor.

You know he’s just a puny little bird, but you’re kinda scared of him. The kids can’t go out to pick eggs anymore. You can’t turn your back for a second, or he’ll pounce and attack.

I hear it over and over. HELP!!! Why does my male duck attack me? How can I make my duck stop biting me?

Don’t give up. There’s a solution, apart from killing him. Drakes are not mindless maniacs, however much they may seem to be. There’s a secret to it.

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10 Effective Ways To Sex Your Muscovy Duck (With Pictures)

When a Muscovy duckling hatches, you can’t say, “It’s a boy!” or “It’s a girl!” All you can do is look at the cute fluffball and say, “It’s a baby!”

Three months later, it’s no longer a baby, but it still hasn’t said what it is. Why did they have to make it so difficult? Why couldn’t they just hatch with pink and blue bills or something?

They sure do like to keep it a secret–but they do spill the beans eventually. Even though male and female Muscovies may look identical as babies, and may not seem to change much as they mature, there are some subtle differences that reveal their little secret.

Unfortunately, it’s near impossible to determine the gender of a day-old duckling (except by vent sexing). However, differences do start showing up after a few weeks. This article contains a complete list of methods to sex young ducks, in order of the approximate age the duckling will be when these differences become visible. Differences in the bill and feathers show up first, by three or four weeks. Differences in voice and caruncles show up much later, by about sixteen weeks of age. In general, the differences that show up later are more reliable, so the older your Muscovy duck is, the easier it will be to tell if it’s a boy or girl.

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I Found a Hidden Nest! How To Stop Your Duck From Hiding Her Eggs

I was wandering around the duck yard, looking for two rascals who were late for bed, when I saw this: three lovely white eggs, snug under a wood pile.

Muscovies are notorious nest hiders (and have a bit of an annoying propensity to hate bedtime, too). They think hiding their nest is their life’s duty.

In fact, pretty much any breed often inclined to go broody is likely to hide their nests sometimes, because ducks who go broody are also interested in going broody where no one will find them…at least, so they hope.

Owners of ducks who like to hide nests frequently receive a pleasant surprise in the form of running into hidden treasure: a nest, sometimes with twenty or more eggs in it.

The only problem?

Can ducks lay 2+ eggs in one day? (You’ll be surprised!)

Everybody knows ducks lay one egg a day. If you exclaim excitedly, “My duck laid two eggs today!” you’ll probably get funny looks, if you’re talking to people who know anything whatsoever about ducks. They’ll tell you, no, ducks never lay two eggs in a day.

But they’d be wrong.

Once in a while, a duck owner will get one more egg than the amount of female ducks they have.

Can a duck really lay two eggs in one day?

Surprisingly, yes.

Do ducks need a mate?

When glancing through my site analytics, I noticed that someone searched this. I did the search myself, and nothing useful came up. So here’s the answer, for whoever searched or anyone else wondering this.

Does my male duck need a female companion?

Does my female duck need a male companion?

Answer:

Video: Muscovy Ducklings Swimming

Three Muscovy ducklings swimming and bathing with Mom for the first time. Lilac, their mother, simply sits in the water and watches the utterly cute day-old ducklings swim in their tub. This is their first bath, and they already know how to dive and do upside-down flips!