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Ducks stopped laying?
#1
Hi All,



I have 4 runners and a something or other (bit of cayuga I think?) and for ages I have had an egg a day from them <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' /> However......



For the last few days I'm down to 3. The obvious answer is they are being laid elsewhere, but I can't find them! They free range in just over an acre so it's not unusual not to find them I know, but this morning I left them in their run until 10am in the hope they would lay in there somewhere, but still only 3! <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/unsure.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':unsure:' />



Just wanted to check, it would be an odd time of the year for them to stop laying wouldn't it??



And if I gave them a day 'indoors' in the run, would it encourage them to lay in the house, or in the run somewhere again? I'll have to keep them in for the day soon anyway as the farmer will be mowing the field I hope!!



Thanks in advance,



S
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#2
i have 4 ducks and the one has stopped laying daily . i get one everyother day off her now , but she was laying almost mid january and im putting her down to laying everyother day as her hocks have flaired up again , so this could be her bodies way of healing them up , but i dont mind so long she is healing ( she is on a course of antibiotics)
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#3
My Runners, Runner crosses, Abacot Rangers and Aylesburys are laying every day BUT one of the Khaki Cambells (supposed to be the best layers of the lot!) has dropped to every other day. As far as the time of day is concerned, I have a couple who regularly lay late morning/early afternoon (but I know where to find them). You're right, it is a bit early in the year for them to be stopping, so it might be worth keeping them penned for a day just to check the numbers - but be ready for them to hate you! <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' />
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#4
Thanks both - they are staying in the run today, at least for the morning. Farmer Giles should have been here at 8am to cut the grass, but he's yet to arrive! They were indeed very vocal about me not leaving the door open, and were all lined up ready to vent their anger!!



IQ, I hope your girl heals soon!



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