Pekin Duck Eggs

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by fourpekinducks, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. fourpekinducks

    fourpekinducks Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 4, 2011
    Hello all

    My ducks started laying a week ago [​IMG].

    My question is....

    Are they always dirty? My duck eggs need cleaning everyday. Is this normal?? I let them out at 8am.

  2. Poultrybonkers

    Poultrybonkers Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 22, 2011
    join the club mine are always dirty too! [​IMG]
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    My muscovies eggs are always dirty.
  4. Rosebud 18

    Rosebud 18 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    middle Tn
    Always dirty.
  5. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2010
    Western Mass
    My ducks eggs were always dirty.....i recently put a small box filled with clean shavings in their favorite corner and all 10 ducks lay their eggs in it each day. No more filthy eggs!
  6. 70%cocoa

    70%cocoa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2011
    Canberra, Australia
    Providing a secluded and clean nesting box is the best way to get clean eggs - plus shutting them in to the area with the nest box till about 8am until they get used to laying there. I find that my ducks don't poop in the nest (unlike the chickens [​IMG]).
  7. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    I guess it depends on where they are laying them. Mine are laying in the abandoned dog house and very clean.
  8. MysticAK

    MysticAK Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 16, 2011
    I have a nesting box full of straw that they lay in and they tend to be cleaner, but they still are somewhat dirty.
  9. FarmrGirl

    FarmrGirl MooseMistress

    Jul 1, 2009
    Southern Maryland
    yep. it's hit or miss when their yard is dry but 90% are dirty when it's wet outside. I've found that with deeper, fresher straw you'll have more sucess... the cleaner the straw, the cleaner the eggs. My Cayugas really like to dig dig dig down into the straw in their house until she finds some that's damp, then lays her eggs [​IMG].

    I'm working on building roll out nest boxes before winter hits. I'm certain that they'll really soil the nest boxes but if I can just hose off the astroturf I'm planning to put in there, I'll be able to keep it cleaner. Plus I can keep a weeks supply cut and ready to line the boxes so that during the week I can just put fresh in daily - as they'll likely sleep in the boxes [​IMG] pooping the entire time. But once the egg is laid, it'll roll into a tray and won't get all mushed around in anything gross or get any transfer muck as the other girls climb into the nest to lay.

    When it's wet outside and muddy I find my chicken eggs are pretty dirty too - just from transfer as the new hens enter and step all over the eggs already laid - so I'll put a roll out on their box too. The less eggs I have to wash, the better. Should make gathering really easy too [​IMG]
  10. KrazyKZ08

    KrazyKZ08 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2011
    Brevard, FL
    just give them plenty of hay to work with. when they make a nest they have to line it with something to keep the dirt off

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