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Duck Egg Colors...Your Input Needed

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Muggsmagee, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. Muggsmagee

    Muggsmagee Menagerie Mama

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    I've seen this question posted before, but not many duck owners responded. https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=163944 Someone was handy enough to start a spreadsheet, but it is so small I can't make out what's what. So... it begs to be asked again...

    What color eggs come from what breeds of ducks? What about egg size? (I will be placing a small order of ducks this spring, and would like a variety of colors in my egg basket. I'd like to make an educated decision when ordering.)

    For every answer, I will come back to this original post and update the list. There are breeds I am missing, just let me know what and I will post them.

    This website was posted and will be great to reference egg size and production:
    http://www.metzerfarms.com/DuckBreedComparison.cfm?CustID=184362 (I'm starting to understand the "Bluish Percentage" now!)

    Magpies.....WHITE
    Muscovy...........OFF WHITE/CREAM to Dark OLIVE
    Welsh Harlequin.........WHITE (per Holderread Farm's website)
    Cayuga....................BLACK to WHITE
    Saxony..............WHITE (Holderread) some eggs are MINT GREEN
    Buff Orpington........
    Call Ducks............WHITE with a hint of GREEN
    Khaki Campbell..........Pure WHITE
    Appleyard............WHITE
    Swedish..........Dark Blue/Green and fade to WHITE in their laying cycle
    Pekin..........WHITE
    Rouen........BLUE/GREEN can also be WHITE
    Mallard...........GREEN/BLUE
    Gold Star Hybrid.........WHITE sometimes BLUE
    White Layer (same as Gold Star)....WHITE
    Runner.........GREEN, BLUE, TAN
     
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  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    my muscovies eggs are cream colored or off white
     
  3. Muggsmagee

    Muggsmagee Menagerie Mama

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    Quote:It gives a percentage of "Bluish Eggs"...but says NOTHING of true egg colors. Egg production and egg size are helpful though! So thanks.

    Do any ducks lay brown eggs? Or green? We know some are white. What about speckled?
     
  4. justmeandtheflock

    justmeandtheflock Overrun with ducklings :)

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    Some call eggs are tinted green but it is not like a green chicken egg.
     
  5. Muggsmagee

    Muggsmagee Menagerie Mama

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    Quote:Hmmm...like a light, light mint?
     
  6. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

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    My chocolate and black runners produce eggs that are green and tan. I do not know exactly who lays what, except that one of my chocolates, Sechs, lays a green egg with just a hint of bluishness. My friend has blue runners and they lay blue eggs.
     

  7. Muggsmagee

    Muggsmagee Menagerie Mama

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    Quote:I put under Runners green, blue, tan. I realize there are subcategories with these breeds. We can address this later. Thank you for your input.
     
  8. justmeandtheflock

    justmeandtheflock Overrun with ducklings :)

    May 27, 2009
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    Quote:Hmmm...like a light, light mint?

    Yes, but it is not a solid color. They are sort of marbled with white.
     
  9. Muggsmagee

    Muggsmagee Menagerie Mama

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    Quote:Hmmm...like a light, light mint?

    Yes, but it is not a solid color. They are sort of marbled with white.

    A friend gave me 3 duck eggs in October...the first I've ever seen. I tried to hatch them...no luck. They were white and had a sort of translucency to them. Are all duck eggs like that? Translucent?
     

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