Duck laying eggs IN the pond

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by PrairiEarth, Jun 27, 2016.

  1. PrairiEarth

    PrairiEarth New Egg

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    my duck is terrorized by my rooster. I don't think he's being mean he's just trying to mate and it's too aggressive for ducks. The hens seem annoyed and tattered feathers on head and neck but nowhere near as bad as the poor duck. I keep him locked up at night so she can be safe in the coop or she's plucked bald from back od head down to her back. In the morning I let Mucky, the duck and Gretle, a hen (best friends) out for a while befor I open up the section withe rooster and the other hens. As soon as he's out she heads to the pond and stays there to avoid him. Sometimes she'll lay her eggs in her nesting box but if he's on the prowl she lays her egg right in the water. Sometimes they roll down to the deep end (there they stay till cleaning time) and sometimes they're within reach.
    So my two questions are: 1) can those eggs in the water that I collect still be eaten? 2) anything I can do to deter the rooster from chasing the duck?

    Thanks
    Kevin.
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  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi Kevin and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. I think i would be inclined to keep your roo in his own run / coop. Maybe if you ask on the duck forum - https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/42/ducks you will get some good advice on how to manage things.

    All the best
    CT
     
  3. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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    Welcome, glad you have joined us.

    I agree you need to separate or consider trading your aggressive rooster.

    I would be careful about those water eggs - it will remove the bloom and make the eggs susceptible to contamination.
     
  4. Athaid

    Athaid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi, sorry I don't know anything about ducks, but welcome to BYC :)
     
  5. PrairiEarth

    PrairiEarth New Egg

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    Thanks for the welcomes and the notes. I've reposted this on the duck forum. [​IMG]
     
  6. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I toss all eggs I find in the pond.
     
  7. Duck Drover

    Duck Drover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had a rooster drown in our duck pond so we have them separated unless we can watch them if they go near the pond.
     

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