Duck safe coloring for vent?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by zooweemama, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. zooweemama

    zooweemama Chillin' With My Peeps

    haha Weird right? I have 11 ducks. They are all 26 and 29 weeks old. I only get 5 eggs a day. Never 6. Today I kept them locked up nearly all day to see if any were a layin' elsewhere in the yard. No other eggs showed up in the coop. I would like to identify which duck is laying. So at night I would like to put something on the vent of one or two females and see if those 2 are laying. So I can rule out the layers and non layers. It would take me several days to accomplish this. Each duck is named but we have almost 2 of each breed so it's really varied and the eggs are all a cream color.

    So is there anything safe that I could put on their vents so that it would mark the egg identifying which ducks were laying? I cannot think of how else to figure out who my non-layers are. Any other ideas that you can think? I cannot sit out there for hours watching to see who lays what...there has to be some way. [​IMG]

    Thanks!
     
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  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Down here people just use different colors of cheap lipstick. Will they have access to swimming water during your observation?
     
  3. zooweemama

    zooweemama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes- I generally let them out at 10am but usually all 5 eggs our laid before 8am. I was thinking to mark them the night before. I would hope that whatever I used would be off by the next night though lol- so I don't get any more marked eggs. Lipstick is a great idea- didn't even think of it. I was starting to get a little paranoid about my question. I was thinking surely I cannot be the first to need to vent mark! haha With chickens- I remember reading that you can have some sort of contraption that won't let the hen out after she lays her egg so you can see who is laying etc But I cannot do that with a duck.
     
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Metzer's had a really great article on how to tell if someone was laying my measuring the space inbetween their pelvis. I'll see if I can dig it up.
     
  5. Valntyn

    Valntyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm torn between laughing like an immature teenager (no offense meant to any teenagers here) or applauding the creativity of using lipstick. I have to admit though... it's late & I've had a long day...so.... [​IMG]

    Tomorrow I'll applaud. Right now I'm all a'giggle. [​IMG]
     
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    Valntyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I hope it helps someone out!

    For alternatives to lipstick one person used nail polish. However, I would think that would be rather hard to get off of feathers. I would think waterproof eye shadow could be a alternative as well.
     
  10. KrisH

    KrisH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Could I just put them back in my wife's purse when done? would I have to tell her? [​IMG]

    RobertH
     

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