Duck lays almost all double yolk eggs...Is this normal??

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by aduckstolemyheart, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. aduckstolemyheart

    aduckstolemyheart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What the heck is going on with my Pekin hen? She just started laying a few weeks ago, and since then has been in almost everyday layer.

    Problem is, almost ALL her eggs are double yolked! Why is this happening, and will she continue to do this forever? Also how will it affect our ability to hatch her eggs in the future if they're mostly twins?

    And lastly will it negatively affect my ability to sell her eggs?
     
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  2. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

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    A lot of times birds who've just started laying will lay unusual eggs- sometimes eggs with no yolk, sometimes eggs with just a yolk, sometimes weird shapes or sizes... in your case, perhaps it is double yolked. This should calm down in time. Until then, enjoy eating some AWESOME double yolked duck eggs imo.

    And if it DOESN'T stop, then you can *try* to hatch her eggs but know in advance that the ducklings will be more likely to die in the egg and will need help to hatch regardless of any condition in the incubator.
     
  3. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    How much protein is she on? Two much protein forces large eggs, which are most of the time double yolkers.
     
  4. aduckstolemyheart

    aduckstolemyheart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah I was afraid of the disappointment of having so many ducklings that don't make it, however I hear there's not been many twin eggs hatch, so it may be worth it to try.
    I can't believe that that she's had so many doubles! I think 3/4 of them are like that. Good to hear that it could get better!

    Thanks for the input!
     
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  5. aduckstolemyheart

    aduckstolemyheart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have her on layer crumbles from our usual feed store. I could check the percentage. She also free ranges, so she has access to lots of land to forage, should I take her down to just regular crumbles and not layer?

    I took her off eggs, which she loves except for an occasional treat now, since we started her on layer feed.
     
  6. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    If you take her down to regular crumble then you have to offer oyster shell on the side. I would also add electrolytes/vitamins to her water once every 2 weeks. Its draining to produce eggs. The trigger for large eggs is the protein content. It should be less then 17 percent. Ideally 14.5%. Of course it will get higher if she eats lots of slugs and worms.
     
  7. aduckstolemyheart

    aduckstolemyheart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She eats a lot of slugs from the yard, so perhaps I should take her down. Silly question, where would I get the oyster shells?
     
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  8. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    Feed store has the oyster shell. One store sold them in 50 pound bags! The other one had 5 pound bags.
     
  9. aduckstolemyheart

    aduckstolemyheart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the help, this is my first time with a hen, and learning the ways of laying has been an experience! lol
     
  10. Quackmire

    Quackmire Out Of The Brooder

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    I can't add anything informative to this thread, but I just wanted to say, a duckstolemyheart, I LOVE your avatar!!!
     

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