My First Duck Egg from Flightless Duck

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Allears, Oct 22, 2015.

  1. Allears

    Allears Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I adopted a little Mallard / Muscovey hybrid some weeks ago and because of the whistling noise it made I decided it was a girl. Well I found a little egg in the crate two days ago [​IMG]. Because her wing is broken she has been sleeping in a crate in a room in the back yard at night. Me carrying her in and out of the room each day has made her very tame and she is so sweet [​IMG] but gets picked on by the chickens, the goslings and the goose because she is so gentle.
    This morning I put her out in the garden as usual and she must have climbed the fence [​IMG](not a real fence, but it's a good 60cm high!) because I found her back at the room pacing and muttering outside the door. I realised she wanted "in" but I thought it was for mealworms, so I put her in the crate where she gets her treats and she immediately started scratching up all the wood shavings. Only then I realised she wanted her nest. I've left her in the crate because I had to come to work, but what now?

    Goose (her mate [​IMG]) is brooding a single egg, which may have set the duck off I guess. I'm thinking of putting the crate in the garden, so she has free access to her nest and she can sleep in there at night too. I hope the chickens don't take it over, they're so pushy! What do you guys think? Her behaviour is so different to the goose's!
     
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  2. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    That is so sweet!! Her and you taking such good care of her! :)

    She has adopted the crate as her safe place, so naturally she will want to lay her eggs there... I would move it to where she has free access to it at will and hopefully the chickens will leave it and her alone...
     
  3. Allears

    Allears Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the feedback, I'll do the move this evening. At least it's warmer out in the evenings now that Summers started arriving.
     
  4. Allears

    Allears Chillin' With My Peeps

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    New eggs 1 and 4. The photo doesn't do them justice, they are so dainty and that's a Large shop bought hens egg, would you believe... and the other two are goose eggs.
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    I now understand what is meant that duck eggs are "waxy"[​IMG]
     
  5. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    Too cute!! Yep, they are waxy, lol... I can tell a duck egg any day from just feel... I have a Call duck who just started laying... talk about tiny duck eggs... :lau [​IMG]
     
  6. tomynoks

    tomynoks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is your Call duck hen from this years hatch? I have a gray hen that hasn't started laying yet, but i'm hoping she will instead of waiting until spring!
     
  7. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    Yes, she is... hatched May 18th... but she has been more of a house duck as she was an only hatch from her batch...

    We didn't expect her to start til spring, but she spends the night inside still... she's a bit spoiled, lol...

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    Lady Grey...
     
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  8. Allears

    Allears Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Look at the sheen on those feathers! Pretty girl

    She's about the size that my little Yellow-billed Duck will be. It's amazing to think that so many eggs can come from those little bodies!
     
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  9. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    Thank you!

    I know I can't believe how they do that every day!

    Would love to see pics of yours... :)
     
  10. Allears

    Allears Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll post some photo's this evening [​IMG]
     

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