Nicole Alderman wrote:I've read that Pekins aren't the best layers out there (laying only 140 eggs/year under optimum conditions with supplementary lighting, rather than 240-300 like the better layers.). So, even with supplemental lighting and lots of feed, they're only going to give you so many eggs . And, since they are such a large breed, they're going to need a lot of feed to make those eggs, especially as it gets colder and they need more to keep warm. So, the problem may not be so much the fact that you have ducks, but rather the fact that you have pekin ducks.
Nicole Alderman wrote:Also, I'm coming to the realization that it seems my ducks (6 anconas, 1 runner duck, and 1 Golden 300) will either lay next to no eggs if I don't feed them enough. But, if I feed them a lot (9-10 cups for 9 ducks and 1 pullet)
steve bossie wrote:for water i used a large metal dish with a small pond heater in it sitting on a block of wood. i place a piece of plywood cut about a in. bigger than the top which i cut out 5 slots just big enough for their heads to get in to drink. if left open ducks will try and bathe, making a mess! i put a brick on top to keep the plywood from moving. had got down to -35f a few times with no water freeze up!
steve bossie wrote:once you go below 15hrs of daylight your ducks will start to lay less and less.