Did you know ducks lay eggs in water?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by bayyjayy, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. bayyjayy

    bayyjayy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2011
    I am still learning all things ducks, but....we are emptying our pond to refill it, and we have found five eggs so far at the bottom. Weird! I can only reach three so far. I wish my ducks would come out and see all the bugs at the bottom of the pond before we fill it back up....TONS of bugs...they would be in heaven.
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Yes, I discovered this, too. I'm positive I don't want to eat duck eggs which have been submerged in icky duck ponds. Darn it.

    Usually my Cayuga would lay RIGHT NEXT to the kiddie pool, but occasionally she'd lay her egg in the water.
  3. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    Yeah, especially when they're young they don't always know it's coming and--whoops, there it is. [​IMG] Dave Holderread tells the story of when he was young, finding an entire nest under water (it had been flooded), and how he took those eggs home (over his mother's protests) and hatched them. Apparently, they're pretty resilient.

    Can you just leave the pond for the ducks for a few hours and let them eat the bugs? Mine love to dig under the kiddie pools when I move them, and come running as soon as they see the pools getting lifted up. Yum yum!
  4. bayyjayy

    bayyjayy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2011
    We are going to leave the pond empty for awhile, so that they can come and enjoy some tasty snacks--but they are staying in the willows right now, all the noise must have scared them. Kinda excited for them to discover the mess we made for them.
  5. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2009
    I've found turkey eggs in their water bucket about 5 or 6 times this spring.

    I guess they just squat and lay where they are.
  6. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    Years ago my Pekins often laid eggs in their pool. The runners have only once, maybe twice, left an egg in their swim pan.
  7. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    It is always a shock when I find one, I am not sure why [​IMG] They look kinda ghostly in the water.

    Silly ducks. This year, one has decide to lay in no nest.............she just lays where ever she happens to be. It is always a race to find her egg before the dogs do [​IMG]
  8. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    I find them every so often when I clean out their pools. We have a 1/4 acre pond that the ducks use, too. I'd hate to see how many eggs are in it.
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  9. animalpro24

    animalpro24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2011
    Yes! It's weird.....and annoying.
  10. It'schickensforme

    It'schickensforme New Egg

    Jul 8, 2011
    :rolleyes:You won't believe what I found in the bottom of my pond which is outside my front door. No less than 100 duck eggs!!! The pond was murky green for the last month. No matter what my husband tried, the green wouldn't go or clear up. I decided that today was the day to drain that pond and start over. Everywhere I looked, there was a duck egg...all rubbery and very smelly. We had seen a few floating over the last months but never expected what was found. We only have three females and one male. Talk about rotten egg? Whew!!!
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2011

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