Are these duck eggs?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by lizrndiver, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. lizrndiver

    lizrndiver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 4 ducks that my husband bought from TSC last spring. He was told they were Mallards and they sure look like Mallards. 3 hens and a drake.

    I had thought that Mallards only lay in clutches in the spring.

    Well, recently I have been finding some eggs on the floor of the coop. They are a pearly off white and almost look opaque.
    They are very smooth and look like they should be fragile, but they actually have a much tougher shell than my chicken eggs.

    First I thought I had a chicken with a calcium problem. Now I wonder if they are duck eggs. Any opinions? [​IMG]

    Thanks,

    Liz
     
  2. 70%cocoa

    70%cocoa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Do you mean translucent?

    They certainly do sound like duck eggs.
     
  3. lizrndiver

    lizrndiver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh yeah........almost see through.
     
  4. billw

    billw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Scramble one up. There should be no mistaking if it is a duck egg. [​IMG]
     
  5. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Mallard female was hatched in the spring and she recently got done laying her eggs. I would say she laid about 20 total and finished up about 2 weeks ago. We collected the eggs daily, as we do with the Pekins and Campbells, so she never had a chance to sit. Mallard eggs are green also and have a much smoother feeling on the shell than a chicken egg.
     
  6. 70%cocoa

    70%cocoa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If the eggs are kind of translucent looking (kind of like they are made of porcelain) then they are highly likely to be duck eggs. Congratulations!
     
  7. BluElky

    BluElky New Egg

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    We have a pekin drake and khaki campbell girl. Based on what you described, I'd say yes, definitely duck eggs [​IMG]
     
  8. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    Mallards are also a small bird, delicate looking and lay smaller eggs. Where as Rouens look like mallards but are large birds and lay whitish eggs similar in size to chicken eggs.
     

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