laying in a nesting box

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  1. beepbeepinajeep

    beepbeepinajeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a mallard/runner mix duck in with one of my chicken tractors. I have noticed her in the nesting box the last few days and today we had a HUGE greenish tinted egg in the nesting box. Do ducks ever lay in a nesting box? I know I have read to expect them to just lay eggs wherever.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Duck Keeper

    Duck Keeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, my ducks prefer it, actually. [​IMG]

    I just haven't gotten one up yet... [​IMG]
    I feel bad for 'em.
     
  3. beepbeepinajeep

    beepbeepinajeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Neat:) This is exciting! I have been waiting to make a pound cake with duck eggs!
     
  4. Duck Keeper

    Duck Keeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OH MY WORD duck eggs are amazing! [​IMG]

    HUGE yolks! And they make everything bake up nice and moist. [​IMG]
    Mom thinks they ruin brownies, but it's just the crappy box-mix anyway.
     
  5. beepbeepinajeep

    beepbeepinajeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess in 5 days I will find out (if she lays five days in a row). [​IMG] Do you use the same amount of duck eggs as you would chicken eggs? They are bigger than chicken eggs and I wondered if maybe 4 would be as much as 5 chicken eggs.
     
  6. Duck Keeper

    Duck Keeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say use about the same, or a little less, and then tweak it to your preference. You sound like you know what you're doing if you're going to make pound cake and stuff. [​IMG]

    Send me some! [​IMG]


    Since the yolks are bigger than chicken eggs, I would think you might need less of them. I don't have many this time of year, because they're molting, so no experiments for me.
     
  7. beepbeepinajeep

    beepbeepinajeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe I need to make two pound cakes for comparison;) I can measure how many ounces are in 5 large chicken eggs.

    I see you live out in the boonies too... you can just walk on over for a piece! [​IMG]

    Have you noticed that duck eggs are shaped a bit different than chicken eggs? It seems like the end opposite the air cell is less pointed/more blunted. I love the variety of eggs we have in our egg basket!
     
  8. Duck Keeper

    Duck Keeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Boy, I'd be walking for weeks to get to you! [​IMG]


    And now that you mention it, duck eggs do seem to be a lot more rounded don't they?

    Such a neat feeling compared to wax-less chicken eggs. [​IMG]
     

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