Do Ducks eat they own eggs?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by newbyduckmom, Jun 7, 2012.

  1. Diamond88

    Diamond88 Songster

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    I know I'm bumping an old thread, but I figured there was no need to start a new one on the same topic. I have a question today, though. My duck has just started eating her eggs, which is fine with me because I don't use them. But, I'm just worried about her health. Is it safe for ducks to eat raw eggs? Since it can be dangerous for humans, I'm concerned about her getting sick.
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Not sure if it's a health issue or not might be a good idea to ask a vet that question
     
  3. StruckBy

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    Only health issue I know of is if they eat too many eggs & their nutritional balance gets out of whack but that would be a LOT of eggs!
     
  4. Diamond88

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    Okay, thanks, I suppose I won't worry about it for now and I'll bring it up with the vet whenever she ends up needing to go there next. It's strange to me that she just started doing this though! She's been laying eggs for a year now, and she never had any interest in them until the past week when she suddenly started eating them. At first I was worried because I know her pre-egg-laying behaviors, and she was displaying all the signs but there were never any eggs in the pen. Then, today, I noticed the yolk splattered all over her breast feathers! I wonder why she started doing this. It's not a calcium deficiency because she always has oyster shell readily available, and she munches on it voraciously. Well, whatever, I guess she just got curious. Silly bird. [​IMG]
     
  5. australorplover

    australorplover In the Brooder

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    yes very possible i think i know someone who had their ducks eat a bantam chickens' eggs [​IMG]
     
  6. mc3742

    mc3742 In the Brooder

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    I've got 20 chickens and 2 ducks that live together. I only get 1 egg per day. My wife thinks that the ducks are eating the eggs. I told her she was nuts but after reading this maybe I'm wrong.
     
  7. Senna95

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    More likely the chickens are eating the eggs. Much more common.
     
  8. QuailCrestFarms

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    Eating raw eggs regularly can inhibit biotin absorption causing a biotin nutrient deficiency
     
  9. JodiAnderson

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    I also have egg eating ducks. They were locked up 24/7 last summer and started eating their eggs after we started freeranging them this year. I haven't figured out who the culprit is yet but that one will become dinner.
     

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