Could this be a duck egg?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Henrietta23, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    Two mornings in a row I have found an egg on the floor of my coop. I only have one chicken who lays a white egg, and it is a very white egg. Both mornings there has been a very white egg in one of the nest boxes. The egg I'm trying to ID is just different somehow. The shell feels smoother and there is pearliness to it that is hard to capture on camera. It is a little smaller than my white chicken eggs. Sasha tends to lay larger eggs than any of my other chickens. The next lightest eggs come from my Buff Orpingtions I think. At the beginning of winter our ducks decided to move into the coop with the chickens. They have all chosen to stay inside while there has been snow on the ground. I have a blue swedish female and a khaki campbell female. My ducks are around 10 months old now. To my knowledge neither of the females has laid yet. I'm wondering if these eggs could be from one of the ducks. Storeys Guide to Raising Ducks describes khaki campbell eggs as being a pearly white. That pretty much fits these. They're just not any larger than my chicken eggs. Would a duck's first few eggs be smaller like a chicken's might be?
    I took a few pictures with one of Sasha's white eggs and one of my paler brown chicken eggs:
    In the first picture it is the egg on the left I'm trying to ID
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    In this picture it is the one on the top:
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  2. mothergoose

    mothergoose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Duck eggs tend to have a waxy feel to them.
    Christie [​IMG]
     
  3. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    Hmmm, they don't feel waxy, just different than the chicken eggs. Hmmmmm. [​IMG]
     
  4. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

    It looks like my duck eggs.

    BY THE WAY COOL bowl! Is it hand thrown? I have one almost same coloring! OOOHHH i miss pottery class!

    Oh yeah, Incubate it and see what comes in 21 days or 28 if a duck!!!
     
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  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    it dosent look like it has that weird duck egg texture to it..like my duck eggs do...but, maybe its just the pic...
     
  6. mothergoose

    mothergoose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The waxy coating on duck eggs can be sratched off. Duck eggs have a noticably different feel than chicken eggs. Some ducks will occassionaly lay an egg without that protective coating, but they feel rough, kinda calcified.
    Sorry if I am not much help,
    Christie [​IMG]
     
  7. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    Quote:Thanks! It is hand thrown although I didn't make it. My husband's school does an "Empty Bowls" dinner every year. Students, teachers, community members all come in and make bowls, hundreds of them. Then the night of the dinner tons of soups and stews are donated. You go and pay $10 for a bowl and get to fill it as many times as you want. All proceeds go to local soup kitchens and food banks. We go every year and now have about 2 dozen bowls, all different. I love them!
    I don't have an incubator, but that could work! If it were warmer at night I'd separate the ducks to their old houses but they are obviously warmer in with the chickens. I really hope it's a duck egg. I haven't cracked one open yet. Will there be any obvious differences inside, like a bigger yolk?
     
  8. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    Quote:I have bought duck eggs before so I do know what you mean. It didn't seem like those eggs either but the ones I bought were a greenish type not pale. It's a mystery!
     
  9. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Quote:I have bought duck eggs before so I do know what you mean. It didn't seem like those eggs either but the ones I bought were a greenish type not pale. It's a mystery!

    ooh, could it be fertile?? hatch it!!!...[​IMG]
     
  10. streemers

    streemers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    try cracking 1 if it is hard to crack it is a duck egg;)
     

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