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Why do I have eggs so early ?

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Hello all,

I would appreciate some advice from some of you experienced poultry keepers please. I have 2 runner ducks (we'll cross breed runners) and was not expecting eggs until next year. They are now 22 weeks old according to the age and date when collected from the breeder!

The lady I got them from told me they will not lay until next year, however we have had a nice blue egg every day for the past week but not quite sure which duck is laying it. Was I sold ducks that were older than informed or did the breeder just give me poor information??

My second question please is, am I right to assume they are good to eat, I cracked one of the eggs and my only observation was that the egg white was very thick in comparison to a chicken egg. Is this the case with duck eggs
post #2 of 7

Most ducks will start to lay at 20-24 weeks of age. This is a duck hatchery with lots of great info on their breeds.

  http://www.metzerfarms.com/FAQ.cfm?CustID=7099220#StartLay


Edited by cypressdrake - 9/26/15 at 10:52am

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  Our small farm is on a ridge in the cypress swamps of Louisiana..
We have been blessed with French Marans,  English Orpingtons, Flying Mallards, Ancona Ducks, American Buff Geese, Mini Schnauzers, and a loving God.                                       

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The web site is brill thank you.
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Be grateful, every one else complains because they have to wait for eggs.:welcome

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Welcome to the BYC flocK!  We are glad you joined us!

 

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I don't really know much about ducks, but be sure to check out the duck forum if you have not already done so. 

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Black Double Laced, Blue Double Laced and Splash Barnevelders

Silver Double Laced Bantam Barnevelders

Silver, Charcoal, and Birchen Iowa Blues

Swedish Flower Hens

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post #6 of 7

My neighbor's female duck started laying at 5mos old. I'm actually trying to incubate eggs from her duck for a second time (first was not successful d/t beginner error with humidity too high and the one duckling couldn't pip out :( ).

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

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