Have your ducks stopped laying all at once? When a duck stops producing, there are usually many factors at play. Your first line of defense is to make sure your duck is receiving the best diet – our Reedy Fork Farm Organic Duck Feed – and plenty of water.
A duck’s age, stress level, molting, lighting – and even the presence of too many males can also contribute to the decrease. When the days grow shorter at this time of year, ducks stop laying because they instinctively feel that it’s time to molt. If you will give at least seventeen hours of light, you can restimulate egg production back on.
Here are some hints on giving artificial light the correct way:
1) Put your light on a time clock.
2)Increase light gradually. Using the time clock, have the lights come on when the sun is setting and turn off in ½ hour. Then program the lights to come on ½ hour before sunrise and have it shut off at sunrise. With these two ½ hour periods, you have increased the day one hour. Every week, add another 45 minutes, a little in the morning and a little in the evening, until you have a total of 17 hours of light.
We don’t want you to have goose eggs when you should have duck eggs. Follow these tips, and get your ducks sitting – and laying – again!
Thanks to Jeff Mattocks at Fertrell Minerals for the hints.