First egg, and a few questions with it XD.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Ducklvr, May 15, 2011.

  1. Ducklvr

    Ducklvr In the Brooder

    Dec 22, 2010
    I just got my first egg from 3 (hopefully 4) females ever! Yay!

    Anyway since this is my first egg, I have a few questions, and was hoping someone could answer them.

    Okay the egg has a greenish tinge, is this normal?

    Do I need to change the diet of my ducks? At the moment they are eating cracked corn, and chicken scratch on a 50/50 ratio, and are doing fine, I was hoping this would be okay as they start laying regularly.

    Do I need to do anything special?

    I let them eat greens during their supervised playtimes in the yard, and will this be okay still?

    Did I miss anything? I want my ducks to be healthy as they get into a laying routine, and would hate for any of them to be hurt or die.



  2. DuckyMom

    DuckyMom Chirping

    Sep 7, 2010
    Upstate NY
    Congrats on your first egg! [​IMG]

    The egg colors very depending on the breed and the particular bird. (e.g. one of my runners lays a blue green eg, her sister lays a pale yellow or beige egg)

    They will need a feed with more calcium (for future reference cracked corn doesnt have quite as much nutrients as a duck of any age needs, I would put them on Layana or feed the crushed oyster shell along with their original feed.)

    If your 4th duck is a male he should not be eating the high calcium feed. If you feed oyster shell the put it in a seperate dish, he wont eat it. If you plan on feeding a layer feed then feed him seperatly. (if "he" turns out to be a "she" then you dont need to wory about this.)

    Greens are always good for ducks! let them eat as much as they want! (except for spinach. this can actually deprive a duck of calcium)

    I'm glad your asking so many questions! It's always great to see people looking out for the well being of their duckies! [​IMG]

  3. Ducklvr

    Ducklvr In the Brooder

    Dec 22, 2010
    Thanks for your helpful answers!

    They are very much appreciated!

    I will look into layena, do you happen to know where to aquire crushed oyster shell?
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member 8 Years

    feed store, and you can feed all your ducks Purina Flock Raiser and not have to worry about the drakes getting extra calcium, just offer the hens oyster shell on the side, the drakes won't eat it.

  5. Yp your ducks need more than scratch and corn if you want tthen to be healthy and have nice hard eggs. For the price of scratch and cron you could buy 1 bag of the good stuff!!!

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