Ancona Ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by StevenW., Nov 21, 2010.

  1. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

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    Thank you everyone! Interesting on the taste! Is there a breed Duck eggs that are tasty?
     
  2. AuroraSprings

    AuroraSprings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think the taste probably does depend on the feed, but we have many egg customers who LOVE our duck eggs. Several were previously very strict chicken-only eggs. We "converted" them, LOL. They are amazing for baking moist, fluffy thing (think brownies and cakes, yum!) Our birds are free-ranged on two acres and supplemented with pelleted layer feed and fodder in the winter. Their taste is richer, but I wouldn't call it gamey. If you are used to eating pastured chicken eggs, pastured duck eggs won't be as different in flavorful as if you're used to eating store-bought plain chicken eggs.
     
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  3. Sally Sunshine

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  4. ChristineR

    ChristineR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think eggs can taste "fishy" if they've been getting feed with fish meal (like Mazuri waterfowl).

    Any eggs I don't sell or hatch, I feed to my dogs (they don't care about fishy taste!) or I use them for baking and don't notice any off flavor.
     
  5. Muscovynmore

    Muscovynmore Out Of The Brooder

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    Look what keeps coming out of the incubator! So far there are eight, but there are a few more pips. I suspect that peek-a-boo duckling is a Swedish cross.
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    Does anyone know what color this one is? I'm thinking Lavender/ Lilac.
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    I have ducklings![​IMG]
     
  6. Sally Sunshine

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    awwwww congrats!! I am thinking about finding some eggs or ducklings now that they are headed out of the house LOL
     
  7. harriedhomemaker

    harriedhomemaker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my Buff Orpington hens has been broody since right after Thanksgiving, so I gave her some of my Ancona eggs. This is the first time I've allowed a broody to hatch out eggs.

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    She hatched out one little boy yesterday.

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    He's a cutie! Unfortunately he doesn't have any color on his chest (one of my major breeding goals for this year), so he will find a new home when he grows up.
     
  8. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

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    awwww congrats! isnt it amazing that duck eggs take longer incubation and those broodys just know what to do and when!!!
     
  9. ChristineR

    ChristineR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is too bad, because he is a cutie!
     
  10. eggorthechicken

    eggorthechicken The Henabler

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    My little guys aren't showing many spots yet. I see some light coloring but maybe they are lavender or silver. Do they get their markings later?
     

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