Is this a duck egg?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jwoo, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. jwoo

    jwoo Out Of The Brooder

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    So we have ducks and chickens in our pen. To date we have had no eggs from either [​IMG]. One duck is over six months, the other 4 months and the chickens about 5.5 months. However today my wife goes out to the pen to make sure that everyone is ok (it's been cold her recently, in the 30's) and see's an egg on the ground under the ramp into the chicken coop. Now I'm out of town so I've not seen the egg myself yet in person and only have a picture to go by. It looks about the size of a store bought chicken egg - however from what I have gathered pullet eggs should be about half the size of a store bought egg or at lease smaller when first being laid and get bigger over time. So going by that thinking I'd assume that ducks eggs are also smaller at the start?

    Anyway here is the picture: [​IMG]


    So duck egg? Or are my chickens not using the their laying boxes?

    I think duck egg.
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    It looks similar to our girls' first egg.

    [​IMG]
     
  3. coloradochick

    coloradochick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm saying duck [​IMG]
     
  4. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    If it is waxy smooth feeling it's a duck egg.
     
  5. jwoo

    jwoo Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I'll have my wife check as I'm out of town.

    Thanks for the quick responses so far!
     
  6. Evelle

    Evelle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    duck eggs feel like porcelen (sp)
    they feel nothing like chicken eggs.. they also have a "film" over them that is kinda hard to clean..
    it looks like a ducks egg but hard to tell just by looks [​IMG]
     
  7. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Overrun With Chickens

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    100% duck

    but yes as mentioned, when in doubt, feel it, duck eggs are very heavily coated when they are laid ( this prevents the hen hen from ruining the eggs as she returns to the nest) But yes, they will feel waxy, and are usually not very pointed on the small end, more over all oval shaped.

    Definate duck there though based on shape and color alone
     
  8. Luciesbuddys

    Luciesbuddys Out Of The Brooder

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    my duck started laying at 6 mos but.... i have 3 more girls that are the same age and no eggs from them yet. They look the same as yours
     
  9. jwoo

    jwoo Out Of The Brooder

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    Well based on the feedback it looks like it's a duck egg and probably the older duck as well. Hooray!

    And here I was thinking because it was getting so cold that we'd have no duck eggs at all till spring.

    Thanks for the help everyone!
     
  10. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Overrun With Chickens

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    my cayugas started dropping eggs like crazy out of the blue this week and we've been in the upper 30's low 40's for 2-3 weeks now????
     

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