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Ok.....I have noticed a new addition to our eggs. GREEN EGGS! I have 4 RIR hens, 1 Rock Bantam hen, 2 Rock Roosters and a Female Mallard Duck. I have two RIRs using the same nest and have gotten VERY BROODY! They each were laying 2-3 eggs a day. Then I lost track so I just marked the eggs in the nest, and let them be. I check every day after I get them off the nest to eat and take the eggs that are not marked.

Two days ago I noticed a green shelled egg in a different nest. No idea who laid it. This morning, in one of the other houses, I noticed 4 green eggs. Could my duck be laying these eggs? Are they "bad eggs"? Should I collect them? idunno

ANY help would be greatly appreciated! I'll get some pics and post a bit later.

Thanks all!

Tracy

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Having green shelled eggs is not bad. I don't know if your duck is laying them. It's very possible that they are from your duck but I dont know.

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Pics would help the best...also post some pics of your hens.  Sounds to me you may have an Easter Egger hen...which is a cross bred hen.  They are usually a cross of a blue egg layer and a brown egg layer.   Do any of the hens have a pea comb instead of the big red comb on their heads?  I have two EEs.  Here's pics of them...notice their combs. 
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/81976_img_20110722_195906.jpg
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/81976_img_20110722_195408.jpg

I don't think they are bad eggs though.  You could always do the float test.  Fill a deep bowl of water and place the eggs in them one at a time.  If the eggs float they are bad, if they stay at the bottom they are good.

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Originally Posted by Whispering_Raven 

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Ok.....I have noticed a new addition to our eggs. GREEN EGGS! I have 4 RIR hens, 1 Rock Bantam hen, 2 Rock Roosters and a Female Mallard Duck. I have two RIRs using the same nest and have gotten VERY BROODY! They each were laying 2-3 eggs a day. Then I lost track so I just marked the eggs in the nest, and let them be. I check every day after I get them off the nest to eat and take the eggs that are not marked.

Two days ago I noticed a green shelled egg in a different nest. No idea who laid it. This morning, in one of the other houses, I noticed 4 green eggs. Could my duck be laying these eggs? Are they "bad eggs"? Should I collect them? idunno

ANY help would be greatly appreciated! I'll get some pics and post a bit later.

Thanks all!

Tracy


Eggs come in the following colors, depending on breed.
White, off white, tan, brown, chocolate, black, grey, blue, green and pink.
Mallard eggs are green, just like Muskovie eggs.
Congratulations to your duck!

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Originally Posted by ddmiddle7 

Pics would help the best...also post some pics of your hens.  Sounds to me you may have an Easter Egger hen...which is a cross bred hen.  They are usually a cross of a blue egg layer and a brown egg layer.   Do any of the hens have a pea comb instead of the big red comb on their heads?  I have two EEs.  Here's pics of them...notice their combs.


YES! My precious Dolly has an itty bitty comb. I've never seen her lay an egg or sing the chicken song and I just assumed she wouldn't lay. I've seen her on the next though keeping eggs warm while the other hens forage. I'll go out an take some pics. BRB

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How exciting to find an egg of a different color!! celebrate

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post #7 of 30

Whispering_Raven,
The shell of that egg will feel waxy if it is your duck laying it.

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This is my lovey dovey Dolly

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/99290_dolly_08-30-011b.jpg

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/99290_dolly_3.jpg



Here are the Green Eggs

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/99290_blackberry_001.jpg

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/99290_blackberry_002.jpg

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/99290_blackberry_003.jpg


This what our eggs normally look like


http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/99290_blackberry_004.jpg


Here's a pic of a couple of the other hens to see if there is much difference (other than the Bantam of course) smile


http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/99290_blackberry_008.jpg

post #9 of 30

I'd be guessing it is from your duck!  smile  Congrats!

-Jackie- MN Mom of twins plus one!
Oh, and not to forget the golden retriever!
4 EEs, 2 Light Brahmas, 3 Black Australorps & 4 Buff Orpingtons!

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-Jackie- MN Mom of twins plus one!
Oh, and not to forget the golden retriever!
4 EEs, 2 Light Brahmas, 3 Black Australorps & 4 Buff Orpingtons!

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post #10 of 30

Wow - what a fun mystery!  I was thinking along the same lines as the others, that you might have an Ameracuna bred into the bunch somewhere in a past generation.  Or the duck!  But my Mallard eggs have always been a bit larger than my chicken eggs, and the inside yolk was a bit larger as well.  Don't know if that helps, but what a neat surprise!!

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