best laying breed

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best laying breed

Post by PlumHollow » Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:20 pm

I am considering getting some ducks for eggs next year. What are your favorite duck breeds for laying eggs and why are they your favorite? How many eggs can I realistically expect from ducks?
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Re: best laying breed

Post by kenya » Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:23 pm

Didn't see this before but runner ducks are supposed to be the best layers better than most chickens. Friends have them and love them.
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Re: best laying breed

Post by kortispoultry » Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:44 pm

Khaki Campbell, the best laying ducks around!!
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Re: best laying breed

Post by kenya » Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:13 pm

Petes right, I looked it up they are better layers.
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Re: best laying breed

Post by coonhound » Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:16 pm

khaki campbells, runners and buff ducks
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Re: best laying breed

Post by PlumHollow » Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:06 pm

Any recommendations to breeders of either khaki campbells or runners in Eastern Ontario? I will need to get day-olds. which of these breeds are easier to take care of? I use basic shelters (no power available for heated coops), free range during day and lock into pen at night.
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Re: best laying breed

Post by muffin » Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:38 pm

Khaki Campbells, rated at 300 eggs per year per duck...
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Re: best laying breed

Post by PlumHollow » Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:11 am

Thanks all! Any recommendations as to who I could buy Khaki Campbells from? Is there a big difference between production, farmyard and show ducks? How do Performance Poultry ducks rate? I will need day-olds.
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Re: best laying breed

Post by Canard » Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:46 pm

I'll bite. I have found that of the mallard derived breeds that I have or have had (khaki, saxony, appleyard, cayuga,welsh harlequin and crosses), excluding the black east indies, they all laid at about the same rate. I do not have lights or heat in my coop either. My duck laying season is around early March to September. When they start to molt, they're done until March again. If you plan on lighting and perhaps heating your coop, then the better breeds have been mentioned: khaki and runners. If not, then choose the breed you like best. I prefer the larger breeds for meat too.The heavy breed ducks lay larger eggs. Just my 2 cents. All ducks are great.! Good luck.
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Re: best laying breed

Post by Dominion Link » Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:06 pm

Most of the good layer breeds have been mentioned, except Magpies. Beautiful little ducks, but for some reason they just don't get much consideration.
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