duck egg or chicken egg?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Darklingstorm, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. Darklingstorm

    Darklingstorm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 10, 2011
    Durant, Oklahoma
    Is there anyway to identify a duck egg from a chicken egg by sight only?
    I have a khaki Campbell duck and 9 chicken hens. My wynadottes (23 weeks old) have taken a liking to the duck hut and I've been finding eggs in there. My duck is 22 weeks old and could/has started to lay eggs.

    As soon as this horrible heat goes away, I'm going to build a separate pen for my ducks and will know for sure then if she lays an egg, but until then, the ducks and chickens share all.
  2. maybejoey

    maybejoey got chickenidous?

    Not by sight I dont think, but I do know that chicken eggs are smoother that duck eggs and duck eggs are more course.[​IMG]
  3. Chic-n-farmer

    Chic-n-farmer Showers of Blessings

    Duck eggs tend to have a waxy feel to them. And if you hatch them out.... they have ducks in them! [​IMG]
  4. danielkbrantley

    danielkbrantley Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2011
    Cleveland, Tennessee
    Quote:There is wisdom in this answer.
  5. lovin my birds

    lovin my birds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 15, 2011
    Odessa, MO
    I find that my duck eggs look different than my chickens. Holding them up next to each other you can see it. I cant really explian the difference but the duck eggs looks more irradecent than the chickens. Amd like others said ducks eggs feel courser than chicken eggs.
  6. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

    Sep 7, 2009
    Florida - Space Coast
    Our call duck eggs feel similar to a candle. Visually some seem to have a spiral to them.
  7. Nikkumz

    Nikkumz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2011
    Take your fingernail and run it down the side of the egg gently, the duck eggs are waxy like and you see an actual scratch in the egg shell.....Plus ducks eggs tend to be bigger and fatter instead of slimmer like some chicken eggs...
  8. learycow

    learycow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2011
    Southern Maine
    Duck eggs, campbells at least, are white. Almost translucent like. And they should be MUCH larger than they chicken eggs (maybe not at first, my campbell eggs were similar to chicken eggs in size for the first year or so).
    They are also very smooth. But that translucent/white color should make them stand out.
  9. sherylreno

    sherylreno Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2011
    Reno, Nevada
    Wyandottes lay brown eggs so this should help you on that one.
  10. Darklingstorm

    Darklingstorm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 10, 2011
    Durant, Oklahoma
    You guys are so right. I found an egg this afternoon under the coop. It was off-white and very smooth. Absolutely not from one of my chicken girls. I'm guessing I have just found my first duck egg! Ming Ming is 22 weeks old today.


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