Anyone have pics of duck eggs vs chicken eggs?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by newchickmom09, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. newchickmom09

    newchickmom09 Songster

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    I was wondering if anyone had pictures of ducks eggs compared to chicken eggs. I have never seen a duck egg in person so I am wondering how they really compare in size. All I know is that they are bigger.
     
  2. LoreenH

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    I've been told eggs from ducks that people usually get for egg production (Khakis, Welsh Harlequins, Swedes, and the like) are about the size of jumbo chicken eggs once they start laying regularly. Like chickens, duck eggs can vary from lay to lay from what I understand; don't have ducks yet but will by spring.
     
  3. racuda

    racuda Songster

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    I don't have pics, but Call duck eggs are about the same size as bantam Cochin eggs.
     
  4. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Songster

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    This is a pic of my first duck egg next to a jumbo chicken egg. The duck eggs have since gotten quite a bit larger.


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  5. iamcuriositycat

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    They are quite a bit larger even than jumbo chicken eggs. If I had some chicken eggs, I'd show you my runner eggs next to them, but who needs chicken eggs when you have ducks? lol

    When mine are in good laying condition, their eggs are oblong (I think that's a runner duck thing), and too wide to fit comfortably in a chicken egg carton--they do fit, just not comfortably. They sit kind of high because they are too wide to sit all the way in, and then the lid doesn't close because they are too tall. I can just barely force the lid closed if I don't mind it bulging upward.
     
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  6. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Duck egg on the left
     
  7. nayeli

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    My welsh harle just started laying and her first two eggs have been the same size as the chicken eggs you buy at the grocery store.
     
  8. DucksnDaffodils

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    They will get bigger as she lays. My WH eggs have leveled out at Large/Extra Large size, and my Pekins are JUMBO!
     
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  9. TLWR

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    My WH lays smaller eggs than my runners, but typically bigger than my chickens.
     
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  10. trinity537

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    We are new to all things chickens/ducks and have an adopted flock. So the only real facts I can give about these photos are:

    1) this container is from store-bought eggs, considered "large";

    2) none of the eggs pictured are store-bought: they are all from our flock of adopted birds,

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    3) Currently, the only white eggs being laid for us are from our Indian Runner "Little Girl", or our Pekin "Bertha".

    The first photo features an egg from one of our chicken hens with 2 of our duck eggs. These were taken a while ago, and after a bit more time learning about them, I'd say that the egg on the left may have been from "Black Betty", who is either a Jersey Giant or an Australorp. The middle egg in the first photo is definitely from "Little Girl", our Fawn & White Runner. The egg on the right is from "Bertha", and may or may not have been a double-yolker. Even so, her eggs are the largest we ever get. She's a trooper to do that for us nearly every day, even through a long winter. What a blessing all these girls are for us.

    The second photo is a wide shot of an assortment form our girls (chickens and ducks), same 'large' carton. Again, the only white eggs come from our 2 laying ducks. Our Easter Egger-type that lays a blue-tinted egg, (whatever she may be) lays every day, but the size of her eggs are not exactly consistent. From what I know, she is one of the younger girls, so maybe that is why her sizes vary. ??

    Bertha's regular egg just may equal 2 medium chicken eggs, but I've never weighed them. When baking, for a brownie recipe that calls for 4 eggs, I could easily get away with using 2 normal sized Pekin eggs from Bertha. She hasn't had a double-yolker for a while, thankfully.

    We are currently brooding 7 more Runners, and I am wondering why we didn't add more Pekin this spring. Our Bertha is a sweet girl, and I would love to have more like her too.

    Ducks may be "messy" when compared to chickens, but I've come to think, in my very short time trying to care for them, that they just have different needs than chickens. If one can provide for them, and can find solutions to the wet mess that work for them and oneself, ducks are so awesome. So awesome. The most popular eggs we have given away are the duck eggs. I love being able to give away their eggs and hear how much others appreciate them too. But our whole adopted flock is spectacular, even the 2 roos (*mostly*). To be able to share what they produce makes them all that much sweeter. We chose to add to our adopted flock because these birds all won our hearts... and because we just give away too many of their much-loved eggs.

    Probably way much more commentary than you may have been needing.... I hope the pictures I posted help though. :)
     

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