Ducks generally lay their eggs at early morning, around sunrise.

However, it varies a lot. Some ducks lay around 4:30 AM. Most lay around 6 AM. Others lay around 9 AM. And occasionally, a duck will lay in the afternoon, or even evening. Once I witnessed one of my ducks walking around at 5 PM when an egg dropped out of her. It never happened again.

If you want your ducks to lay in their coop, it’s a good idea to keep them inside until they’re done laying. Otherwise, they may lay anywhere in their yard. If you find that your ducks lay approximately at 6 AM, let them out at 6:30.

Unfortunately, however, ducks are perfectly capable of holding their eggs in until they feel like laying them. If a duck has picked out a special little spot under some wood pile 300 feet from their coop, she’ll lay there even if you let her out at noon.

In general, ducks lay during early morning, and they’ll probably have already laid by the time you let them out of their pen or coop. But if they scout out nesting areas beforehand, they’ll hold their egg until they’re given access to their chosen spot.


  1. I had two ducks that laid almost every day. I got 3 new ducks that were laying when I got them but now there are no eggs. I’ve kept them in their pen until noon and still no eggs. One duck disappeared yesterday… either a hawk or fox ( which isn’t bothering my geese or their goslings) so I may have to keep them in their pen all day now. If they’re not allowed outside what should I feed them?

    Greg Goen
    1. Their main diet can be commercial chicken layer feed (or waterfowl feed if it’s available where you live). You can supplement with veggies, fruits, grass clippings, mealworms, raw grains, and so on.

      However, I’d like to suggest building or buying a mobile pen. If they can’t free range, the second best option, to allow them constant access to the outdoors and grass, is a small pen that can be moved to fresh grass regularly.

      If you just got these ducks, it’s not surprising that they stopped laying. Sudden lifestyle changes will stress them and cause them to temporarily cease laying.

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