ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by the_hunter, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. the_hunter

    the_hunter New Egg

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    hi
    im thinking about getting into ducks (i have chickens) and i just want to know what breed would be the best to get for decent sized eggs ??
     
  2. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what do you consider "decent" sized?
    My 3 pound runners typically give me a "large" or "xlarge" egg.
     
  3. agregg15

    agregg15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know that larger breeds give larger eggs (Rouens, Pekins, etc.) , but I've heard some of them are poor layers.
     
  4. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

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    My Runners give me at least a jumbo egg. The larger the duck, the larger the egg generally. Duck eggs do taste a little different than chicken eggs - perhaps a bit stronger. They also tend to lay their eggs in holes that they dig in the ground in my experience.
     
  5. the_hunter

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    hi lads
    im looking for a large or xl sized egg [​IMG]
    i heard chilterns are good for big eggs ???
     
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2011
  6. Theeggboxtoo

    Theeggboxtoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welsh harlequins lay 250 - 365 jumbo eggs a year, they are also very pretty [​IMG]
     
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  7. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    If you want lots of huge eggs than consider the Silver Appleyard.

    Almost any breed of duck is going to lay an egg bigger than a chicken egg. The breeds that lay the most eggs are Khaki Campbell, Runner, Welsh Harlequin.
     
  8. gofasterstripe

    gofasterstripe Chillin' With My Peeps

    It doesnt matter what kind of duck you get. You are still going to get a bigger egg than the largest double jumbo egg in any store [​IMG]
     
  9. Ilovemyduckies

    Ilovemyduckies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It really depends, do you want a good laying duck or one that lay giant eggs. If you want a good laying duck then a khaki campbell would probably be the best (they still lay pretty big eggs, but you could get bigger). If you want really big eggs than you could get a cayuga, pekin, or rouen. A pekin with lay big eggs, and will lay pretty frequently (but not as much as khaki campbell). A cayuga will lay big eggs but will not lay quite as much as a pekin. A rouen is will lay big eggs but was not breed for egg purposes, so it does not lay very frequently. You also may want to look at what breeds are good for beginners. I've heard that a pekin is a good duck for beginners, but I stared with a cayuga and everything worked out all right. (I am almost posative that no matter what breed you get, you will still get a decent sized egg). And they do tend to like to lay their eggs in holes in the ground.
     
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  10. Ally Rose

    Ally Rose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rouen or pekin... or runner
     

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