Pekin Duck laying question - more than one egg a day?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by KoopOnTruckin, Sep 9, 2016.

  1. KoopOnTruckin

    KoopOnTruckin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My duck just started laying a few weeks ago. And I'm totally new to ducks.

    So about 10 days ago I noticed she had a limp. That is the same day that I noticed she was laying in a new spot, found one egg in the dirt. So I checked thoroughly and didn't find any more eggs at that time. I laid some straw and pine shavings in that area, as well as a few other corners, so she could pick out a nice nest. That was 10 days ago, no eggs found since then.

    My wife and I have gone out everyday looking for her eggs, no luck. Looked everywhere, under the coop, moved the pine shavings and straw, even under and around the kid's slides.

    Then yesterday, I saw 6 in the nest that we made her, all sitting on top like they'd been there the entire time. We grabbed them all and brought them inside. I even moved some of the nesting to look for others to make sure that was all of them. This morning, I found 2 eggs in that same nest. Went back out 2 hours later and found another. So a total of 9 eggs found all in a matter of about 20 hours.

    Was I just not looking hard enough? I can't imagine that a duck's inner anatomy is much (or at least THAT much) different than a chicken's, so it's not like she's been hoarding them in her belly for the last week. But figured I'd ask...

    Likely she was just uncovering the newly-found eggs while looking for the eggs we've already taken? And if that's the case, do ducks normally cover their nests to keep them from being taken?
     
  2. luvmyduckies

    luvmyduckies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My ducks definately cover their eggs when they leave the nest unattended.
     
  3. KoopOnTruckin

    KoopOnTruckin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for the info, that was my thought but of course I didn't know for sure. Been a mystery for over a week now!
     

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