FIRST Egg this morning!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by rebcart1905, Aug 26, 2014.

  1. rebcart1905

    rebcart1905 Out Of The Brooder

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    Its a joyous Christmas in August here at our farm, one of our Buffs or Runners layed their first egg sometime between 7pm and 10am this morning :) Its about the size of a medium/large chicken egg....very dirty of course ;-) Now what do YOU guys do with your eggs and shells? how do you wash them and store them etc... its our FIRST ever so I want to do it right! Can you recycle your shells with ducks like they do with chickens? If so do you wash them inside/out, dry and crumble up and put into feed? so many questions...
     
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  2. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Overrun With Chickens

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    If mine are heavily soiled I toss them. If it's slightly soiled I just use a damp paper towel and wipe the smudge then stick it in the fridge. If there's no mark I leave it and only rinse them right before I use them. I have left my crumbled egg shells out and my chickens eat them, but my ducks are never interested. I just crunch them up and stick them in a bowl. Sometimes if I mix the shells with scrambled or hard boiled eggs all mashed up the ducks will eat the eggs.
     
  3. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Overrun With Chickens

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    Congrats on the first egg by the way! [​IMG]
     
  4. rebcart1905

    rebcart1905 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the response, guess ill give it a try and see if they are into it....I wanted to mention mine are exactly 20weeks and 1 day today :)
     
  5. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Overrun With Chickens

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    Woohoo! How "eggciting"
     
  6. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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  7. Lornampatrick

    Lornampatrick New Egg

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    How exciting!!! We had our first egg from our 41/2 month old chicks on Sunday!
    2 more since then!!!
     
  8. dsbailey70

    dsbailey70 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If your egg is dirty, use a paper towel, and wet it with warm (NOT HOT) water. Gently rub the debris off of the egg. Use a dry paper towel to dry off the egg. Set it aside to be sure it's fully dry. Then put it in the refrigerator. Don't soak the egg, and don't use cold or cool water; that will cause the contents to contract, thereby pulling contamination into the egg. Warm water will cause he contents to slightly expand, keeping out any potential contaminants. I read this on the chicken-chick site.
     
  9. farmlady1

    farmlady1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Congratulation on the first egg! If our eggs are heavily soiled we toss. If lightly soiled, we wipe them down with a damp paper towel. If the shells are thin, we start checking our girls to see if any are showing signs of illness. Egg shells are good for numerous things, including crushing them up for the calcium for the chicks to eat.
     
  10. dsbailey70

    dsbailey70 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've got my first three eggs from my Silkies, and may cook them this weekend. When you crush the eggshells, do you need to make small pieces, or make it almost like sand?
     

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