Is this Daisy's first egg....eeek??

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Annie75, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. Annie75

    Annie75 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 17, 2011
    Hi everyone,

    In the last few days a few of you have kindly helped me identify my duck, Daisy, as a Snowy Mallard. She is about 5 months old and I've been waiting to see if she'll lay an egg.

    She spends the night in a cute little house with Henny Penny an ISA Brown hen and her best friend Lulu, a silkie. When I got up this morning there was an egg lying on the ground. I knew it might not be Lulu's because Lulu was busting for an egg when I let her out and promptly ran to her favourite spot. Henny Penny is in the middle of a major moult so isn't laying. So that leaves Daisy the Mallard...but it's a pretty small egg for a duck egg...or not?

    Here's a photo.

    Henny Penny's last egg is on the left and Lulu's last egg is on the right. The one in the middle has a more rubbery shell and seems a different you think it is Daisy's? [​IMG]

  2. AdamD77

    AdamD77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2010
    Bedfordshire, England
    I guess it is quite small, but remember, mallads are quite small ducks so their eggs are relatively small!
  3. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    I don't have ducks but with chickens their first eggs are small then range all over in size until it settles out. Also soft shelled eggs are common in the first week of laying. Again that will settle out or you can up her calcium intake by feeding back egg shells or oyster shells.
  4. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    Yup, first eggs are often quite small. They can also be crazy shaped, have funky shells, and all kinds of silly nonsense while their systems work out the kinks. My ducks don't reach full-sized eggs until their second year. Congrats!
  5. breezychick

    breezychick Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 22, 2011
    Just got my very first duck egg last evening. It looks just like that. I think
    its perfectly normal. [​IMG]
  6. Annie75

    Annie75 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 17, 2011
    Thanks everyone. I'm very proud of her. She's been through a lot in her little life and she's now all grown up. I wonder if I got her a boyfriend would he be satisfied with just her or would he molest my chickens?

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