Dark Grey Egg from Indian Runner duck?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by slimpys, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. slimpys

    slimpys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi everyone,

    I have 3 indian runner ducks that just started laying within the last week. The first eggs were white and then we got one with a green tint. Well, yesterday we got a dark grey and this morning there was another one, but lighter in color. While the picture below doesn't show the colors that great, it does show how dark the one is compared to the white and green-tinted one.

    Is this normal? Also, the ducks are laying at night and just randomly on the ground. Is that when they typically lay? We have a bunch of chickens that all lay during the day, so these night eggs threw me off.

    Thanks for your help!

    --Tracy

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  2. FarmrGirl

    FarmrGirl MooseMistress

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    Is one of your runners black? It's not unusual for the extended black gene to cause ducks a to deposit a black pigment onto egg shells. For instance, Black Cayuga's lay black eggs.
     
  3. slimpys

    slimpys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I do have 1 black runner. Glad to know it's normal, because that was one odd looking egg!
     
  4. Rosepath Garden

    Rosepath Garden Out Of The Brooder

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    My ducks like to lay in the very early morning. Now with three boys in the house that means 5:30.
    which might be night to you
     
  5. bravevline

    bravevline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i had the exact same thing happen from my 2 black ir ducks
     

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