Why ducks stop laying eggs
"Are those Ancona ducks? We have four and I love them. Such clowns and I
enjoy helping a rare breed. Can you tell me when yours stopped laying
for the year? I can't figure out why my eggs stopped in August!!"
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Those are indeed Ancona ducks, Meg! You can read all about our duck adventures here and here.
Chickens that are more than a year old stop laying in the fall when they molt,
and ducks molt too (although, the internet reports, on a bit more of a
sporadic schedule). That said, when our ducks "stopped laying" we soon
discovered that they'd decided to hide their eggs in the woods instead
of laying in the coop. Even though it was a hassle, locking the ducks in
at night broke them of the woods-laying habit. Since waterfowl tend to
lay quite early in the morning, all of the eggs had been deposited in
the coop by the time I let them out at 9 am.
I hope that helps turn up your missing eggs!