Archive for Over the Gate Join in for a friendly chat over the gate about home and country matters. (Nominated Charity The British Heart Foundation)
 


       Over the Gate Forum Index -> The Feather Room
M&E

Khaki Campbell when can we expect eggs????

My wife and I have 6 female Khaki Campbell (ducks) which are penned in a large enclosure with a large duck house and 3 buckets of fresh water ( which we change daliy), we are currently feeding them a 50/50 mix of layer pellets and corn having previously fed them grower pellets upto the age of 14 weeks. The birds are now 18 weeks old when can we expect to see eggs?
bodger

Three or four weeks to go at least yet
M&E

Thanks for that............ we were thinking they might have turn into table ducks.

Cheers
green man

You probably won't see any eggs till next spring , as the nights are drawing in.

If you can let them root around on some grass now and again you will hear them squeal with delight when they find a nice tasty slug or worm plus they need grass or green stuff to keep healthy and give you good yellow yolks.

If you cut the last five flight feathers on one wing only, ( careful not to cut the bird) they will be unable to fly away, this must be done at the end of the annual moult every year.

They will also keep in much better condition if they can get a bath suggest a baby bath with a couple of concrete blocks leading up to it, change the water daily.

Look forward to some of the nicest eggs going, and up to 300 eggs a year with eggceptional layers :smt103
bodger

Ducks will lay in the winter and the body clock of birds of this age will dictate that you will getsome, althoughprobably not as many as you would have had in Spring.

Welsh Harlequins were traditionally known as layers of winter eggs
green man

well you learn something every day, I never had that kind of luck with my khaki Cambells they always used to go off lay around Oct Nov must have been the particular type :-?
M&E

pleased to say the duks have now been laying for the past 5 weeks, 6 fantastic eggs a day, but can't give them away, but we love the flavour better than chicken eggs. :q37:
kaz

You can't be eating 6 duck eggs a day :smt103 :smt103
bodger

Thats strange, when we had ducks, the people were quite literally queuing up for them.
chickenstu

some folk are very anti duck eggs- but those who love them- REALLY love them. ducks lay alot earlier than fowl- my 07 ducks are laying now-the adults will be going for it in about 5 weeks i guess
       Over the Gate Forum Index -> The Feather Room
Page 1 of 1