My Rouen Has Laid a Soft Egg

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Jme2283, Jul 27, 2019.

  1. Jme2283

    Jme2283 In the Brooder

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    Hello. My 4 month old Rouen has laid 6 eggs so far within 4 days. I noticed today she laid two but one was “soft”. The rest of the eggs are hard and appear correct and healthy. I’ve read calcium can be a factor however, my question is, what do I do with that egg? My intentions are to let the eggs be and hatch naturally. Is it a “bad” egg? Do I get rid of it? Can I eat it?
     
  2. Fishkeeper

    Fishkeeper Crowing

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    Does she normally lay like this?
    I wouldn't eat it or try to hatch it. Too much of a risk of bacteria getting in, and I sincerely doubt a baby chick could grow properly in there. It might get stepped on and squished! Oxygen and moisture exchange might not be right, either.
     
  3. Icantraisechickenshelp

    Icantraisechickenshelp Chirping

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    I think you should just throw it away. Bacteria might get in it, and it won't hatch anyway, so it's useless.
     
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  4. Jme2283

    Jme2283 In the Brooder

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    Thk
    thank you. See idk if it’s useless, this is why I’m asking :)
     
  5. Jme2283

    Jme2283 In the Brooder

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    Hi, this is the first time she’s laid eggs. I didn’t know if this was a bad egg or how they come out...
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Sometimes in the beginning of laying strange things happen. Simply discard any soft shelled eggs. Understand that the brooding instinct has been 'bred out' of some duck strains. Hopefully yours will set. Time to get an incubator ? :p
     
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  7. Fishkeeper

    Fishkeeper Crowing

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    Yes, that's a bad egg. Any egg that doesn't have the proper shell is a bad egg. They don't come out soft and then harden up.
     
  8. Jme2283

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    Well ty. I learned something new.
     
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