Runner Duck only laid 2 eggs then stopped

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Jaquilee
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Runner Duck only laid 2 eggs then stopped

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Hi. I’ve a pair of runner ducks that I bought when collecting some chickens from a farm. They were the only two and looked very sorry for themselves. They’ve been free ranging on my land for a couple of years now. But despite mating every morning like clockwork the female has only ever laid 2 eggs that I know of. They were supposed to be young birds when I bought them. The female is blind in one eye, and the male very protective of her. Just wondered if anyone had any idea why she doesn’t lay?


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Re: Runner Duck only laid 2 eggs then stopped

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Hi :) aww poor babies, sounds like they have a good life with you. Could be a few reasons, they may not be as young as described, she may be laying somewhere random and the eggs being taken by crows/magpies/rats which is the most likely.
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Re: Runner Duck only laid 2 eggs then stopped

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Thanks Zo
I guess it must be the age thing. I’ve done many egg searches and there haven’t been any unless she flew... never seen her do that. They ‘looked’ like young birds but I guess I’d have no real way of knowing. The lack of eggs does indicate older birds. Thanks for your help.
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