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Can you eat pond-laid eggs?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by 10ducks, Dec 7, 2009.

  1. 10ducks

    10ducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Several people on here have mentioned that their ducks lay eggs in their ponds. Somebody mentioned fishing them out, but I don't remember if they ate them. I never had this problem before, but one of my ducks has started laying either on the shore right next to the water, or in shallow water. I don't know if the eggs can absorb bacteria while submersed. Anyone know? I won't have this problem any more until spring, because the pond froze over the weekend, but I have a half-dozen water-laid eggs sitting in the refrigerator, and besides, I'm curious. Thanks!
     
  2. tazcat70

    tazcat70 I must be crazy!

    I am not sure, I know that the eggs themselves are waxyish...maybe it would protect them.
     
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Supposedly the "bloom" on the egg is supposed to protect it, but I'm sorry, I can't bring myself to eat something that's been laying at the bottom of a poopy pond. YUCK!!!
     
  4. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Overrun With Chickens

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    They are protected to a degree, after a while the water will eventually wash the bloom off any egg. There is also the deal of, just how long has it been down there?? 1 day, cool, aint sure, toss it. You can eat them if you like, but I am not that crazy for duck eggs that I'd take too big of a chance on it...
     
  5. Willowbrook

    Willowbrook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Personally, I would hard cook the eggs and feed them back to the ducks. They would be fine for this.
     
  6. 10ducks

    10ducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That's a good idea--I'll do that. Thanks for the responses.
     
  7. jreynolds

    jreynolds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just found my first two duck eggs...laid in their pond and had the exact question! Thanks for the thread [​IMG]
     

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