Is there any way to tell which duck laid an egg?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by DuckyDonna, Dec 8, 2018 at 2:58 PM.

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  1. DuckyDonna

    DuckyDonna Songster

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    I've got 4 Indian Runner girls. 3 of them are over 1 1/2 and 1 is 6 months old. I've had a couple "fairy eggs" from what I assumed from the youngest girl. But I only get on the average 2 eggs a day. Sometimes they are 2 great big ones and sometimes 1 big and one chicken size. I'm just wondering out of 4 girls who's laying and who's not! I thought about putting food coloring around the vent or is that absolutuly stupid?
     
  2. Fishkeeper

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    You can put a few drops of food coloring in the vent, that's something that people do. Effectiveness varies, but it definitely won't hurt them.
     
  3. DuckyDonna

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    Thank you! I thought I was "way out there" with that idea! When you say "in the vent" how far "in" do you mean?
     
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    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Some Ducks don't lay daily just like chickens. Not sure why it's important?
     
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  5. DuckyDonna

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    I figure the 3 old ones should be laying and all are not. Plus I'm wondering if my little one is laying since I got those 2 fairy eggs.

    I do have a girl that has a shaky leg that I've been treating with B-complex and I'm wondering if she's sick and can't lay
     
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    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    The Pullet/eggs will have a yolk and fairy eggs don't..
    Possibly a egg laying issue???
    I'm thinking you need to supply Oyster shell.
     
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    The fairy eggs didn't have a yolk. When you say pullet egg do you mean from my one young duck? I have oyster shell and all 4 girls gobble it up! I've sat and watched!
     
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    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Yes. Called a Pullet egg because at first they are small. They contain a yolk. A fairy or fart egg from an older duck won't have a yolk.
     
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    oh so the fairy/fart eggs were from an old girl! But....my old girls are only a year and 1/2 old. That's not all that old for Indian runners. Which makes me question why did whoever laid it lay it? The old girls were 8 1/2 months old when they started laying so it's not like they would be at the end of their cycle right?
     
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    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Not anything to worry about. As long as the eggs are coming out that's a great thing..
     
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