Duck egg freshness question

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Brahmb, May 25, 2019.

  1. Brahmb

    Brahmb Chirping

    Oct 13, 2018
    Adirondacks, NY
    image.jpg Hi.

    Hewey kept hiding and burying her eggs. Even though I searched the spot, she had buried them under leaves. I found 10 of them. I simply thought she had stopped laying. Are these eggs any good still? Any way to tell?
  2. Duckworth

    Duckworth Songster

    May 15, 2017
    U.S. Prairie
    I put mine in water. If the float, they go to the compost pile.
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  3. DuckyDonna

    DuckyDonna Crowing

    Aug 26, 2018
    Dallas, Georgia
    Since you mentioned the compost pile do you break the eggs and put them in or just throw them in whole?
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  4. MagpieDucks

    MagpieDucks Duck Addict

    Oct 26, 2015
    My Coop
    Throw them out, better not take the risk.

    Your duck lay more for you.
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  5. Duckworth

    Duckworth Songster

    May 15, 2017
    U.S. Prairie
    I break them and cover them up. They don’t usually smell bad at that point, but I cover them in compost just to discourage any animal or insect visitors. I don’t put meat or dairy into the pile, just eggs—and not many of those.
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  6. Hkar101

    Hkar101 Hatching

    Jun 12, 2019
    I have a question, not sure if anyone on here could help out but if anyone knows anything please let me know. I have 4 ducks, two pekins and two khakis. Today I noticed they were trying to mate. I have never raised ducks before so I am looking for information on what to do once they lay eggs. If I am planning on selling eggs what do I do? Once I pull the eggs where do I put them and how long can I keep them until they go bad? If I am planning on selling eggs to hatch, what do I do with them in the mean time?
  7. Duckworth

    Duckworth Songster

    May 15, 2017
    U.S. Prairie
    I have all female ducks. They mount each other and act like they want to mate, but obviously can’t do the deal. Do you know that you have at least one drake?

    Each state has its own laws pertaining to the sale of eggs, so you will want to research this for your location and meet those requirements. In my state, home/non-commercial farm-produced eggs can be sold for human consumption, but have to be washed and refrigerated. There may be some other rules, but I don’t sell my eggs, so I don’t have all of the rules committed to memory. Other rules may apply to selling hatching eggs. This may be a question you will want to ask on your state thread here.
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