Can You Move Laying Ducks During Egg Production?November 25, 2011
If you move ducks that are laying eggs into a different pen, will it adversely affect their egg production? If you had asked me this question three weeks ago, I would have said "Absolutely! Yes, egg production will drop dramatically!". Well, I would have been wrong.
If he had asked me prior to the move, I would have said "It won't work, but go ahead and try if you want. They will stop laying within a couple days of their move." I encourage employees to try new things but I knew how this was going to work out.
You can see they have not gone down in egg production! The move was a stress but there were many things in common between the old pen and new pen: same feed, same feeders, same nipple waterers, same bedding, same lights, and same light schedule. They are a bit more nervous but otherwise have taken well to their new pen.
I still do not recommend moving breeders while they are in production - especially if they are early in production and you are getting more eggs each day - but I have learned you can move older flocks if you have a real reason to do so and the new pen is very similar to the old pen.