i think my pekin layed an egg!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by blue90292, Aug 22, 2008.

  1. blue90292

    blue90292 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 30, 2007
    Rosharon, TX
    i'm not sure though. i let them range during the day and so sometimes my chickens go into their coop. but i coulda swore i saw one of them sitting on it this morning and get off of the egg when i went to open their coop.

    this is my first time keeping ducks so i'm not really sure how to tell duck eggs apart from chicken eggs. (so pathetic. LOL) anyway, do ducks lay pullet eggs like chickens? are they bigger than chicken eggs? and do they have bullseyes just like chickens when it's fertile? thanks!
     
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2008
  2. Sugar Sand Farm

    Sugar Sand Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2007
    North Florida
    I have two pekins and they both lay an off white large egg. Sometimes its so large you cant fit it into the egg carton. I love duck eggs even more than chicken eggs. They are especially great for baking. I find that the yokes are larger than a chicken egg.When you crack them in a pan the yokes stand higher than a chickens.
     
  3. austinhart123

    austinhart123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2008
    Los Angeles CA
    pekin eggs are larger than chicken eggs and white to off white, ducks in my expieriance dont lay like chickens, only to reproduce
     
  4. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    Pekin Egg: 0
    Chicken Egg: o
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  5. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    Missouri
    Wow, I was just about to post the exact same thread!!! Just found an egg outside about 15 minutes ago from my Pekin. I was just about to hijack this thread with my own questions, but since I have a few of them I guess I'll just start a new one...Congrats!!! I'm so excited!!!
     
  6. blue90292

    blue90292 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 30, 2007
    Rosharon, TX
    congrats to you too! i'm totally excited.
     
  7. Chic-n-farmer

    Chic-n-farmer Showers of Blessings

    We have Pekin and Indian Runners free ranging together.
    We had 4 eggs in 4 days. They are just as ya'll described, so maybe they are from the Pekins. Do the Indian Runner eggs look the same? Anybody know?
     
  8. blue90292

    blue90292 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 30, 2007
    Rosharon, TX
    the egg that i found was off white and kinda round on both ends instead of pointy on one end.

    so do duck eggs also have bullseyes if they're fertile? i can't WAIT to have little ducklings.
     
  9. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    Missouri
    Hmmm, that's a good question....I don't know how to tell if they're fertile. I know Pekin ducks don't usually set their eggs, so you'll most likely have to incubate. The thing I'm wondering is how often to expect eggs! I know they don't lay the way chickens do, and usually by fall/winter they don't lay at all, but I need about a dozen duck eggs to make my kid's birthday cake by sept 27th, and I don't know if I'll have enough. LOL!!! I posted some candling pics on another thread if you want to see. https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=82884
     
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2008
  10. Jenlyn9483

    Jenlyn9483 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, FL
    I have two female ducks that are about 5 months old that have been laying eggs for about 3 weeks now. One is a blue swedish and one is a Crested mallard. The eggs look as described, when i got the first couple of them i thought they were game chicken eggs until I cracked on into a bowl to make scrambled eggs. The egg whites do not readily slide right out of the shell they are much more consistant and hang onto the shell. I have eaten a few to try them out, and I have 6 eggs in the bator right now. I'm pretty sure they are fertil because every morning when i put fresh water in the kiddie pool they get really frisky. (I have a male Rouen Drake that is the same age as them. I started letting my ducks free range a few days ago and my duck laid her egg right behind my bantam coop in easy view of me me im out feeding and watering up. I get one egg almost every day..some days they skip a day or two..Since they have been ranging in my yard and not in the pen their has been an egg every day.
     

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