Pekin Gals are breaking and sometimes eating their eggs :-(

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by PlumTuckered, Sep 4, 2009.

  1. PlumTuckered

    PlumTuckered Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2007
    Arkansas
    I've gathered 22 eggs so far and they'll go into my incubator today. However the gals are breaking and sometimes eating the eggs before I get out to their pen in the morning. Is there a way to stop this? I won't be hatching anymore after this and I figure since they're Pekins they probably won't hatch for me so I'll sell the eggs from now on. I really don't want them eating the eggs.

    Michelle
     
  2. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Hummmm.....

    Protein deficiency?

    Maybe some wood or stone fake eggs will break them of the habit?
     
  3. PlumTuckered

    PlumTuckered Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2007
    Arkansas
    Thank you Wifezilla, I'll try the wooden eggs and see if it helps at all.

    In case it is a protein def. is there anything special I can give them?

    Michelle
     
  4. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Depends on what is available in your area. You can try...

    • a higher protein percentage feed
    • high protein alfalfa cubes soaked in warm water
    • meal worms or night crawlers
    • extra fish meal
     
  5. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

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    Is it possible that a crow or jay is getting to the eggs earlier and the ducks are just finishing up?

    We had that problem for a while.
     
  6. PlumTuckered

    PlumTuckered Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2007
    Arkansas
    I'll get up earlier tomorrow and see if I spot a crow. I assumed my gals were doing it because I picked up the remaining shell (3/4 of the egg shell was whole, nothing in it though) my smallest gal grabbed it from my hand, busted it against the ground and started eating the pieces.

    I'm going to check at the co-op and see what's available for extra protein.

    Michelle
     
  7. Duck Keeper

    Duck Keeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Might want to try supplying grit and oystershell, maybe they need the extra calcium from the shells?
     
  8. PlumTuckered

    PlumTuckered Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2007
    Arkansas
    They always have a supply of oyster shell and sand. My husband thought maybe the drake was trying to top her and the eggs got crushed.

    Michelle
     
  9. Duck Keeper

    Duck Keeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Huh, mine started eating them when the wind knocked over the doghouse the broody was in, and cracked her eggs for them (it was sad... bloody). I forgot to pick them up immediately, and they ate a few freshly laid eggs after that for maybe two or three weeks, but it's not a problem now (I think!).
     
  10. PlumTuckered

    PlumTuckered Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2007
    Arkansas
    ohhhhhhhh I'm sorry that happened :-(
    I'm hoping to get out there before six am and watch to see what's going on. It's only been one egg busted each day for three days but I'd like to figure it out and put a stop to it if I can.

    Michelle
     

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