Please help IDing my duck!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Kimbroe1981, Oct 16, 2014.

  1. Kimbroe1981

    Kimbroe1981 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got her at Atwoods this spring. I think she's started laying, but I would like to know what breed she is so I can do a little bit of research on the breed. Any information would be greatly appreciated!!
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  2. learycow

    learycow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mismarked magpie
     
  3. earlyredrooster

    earlyredrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey I have it's twin.
     
  4. earlyredrooster

    earlyredrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. WildThang

    WildThang Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She looks like a magpie, good luck. Make sure if your going to eat her eggs, or hatch them that you leave the ucky stuff on the egg don't wash it off. The egg will last longer that way, even though it might be a bit stomach turning.
     
  6. earlyredrooster

    earlyredrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Boy ain't that the truth. From what I've read it keeps salmonilia at bay.
     
  7. Kimbroe1981

    Kimbroe1981 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much!!!

    I never wash my eggs until i'm ready to eat them. I've never hatched out duck eggs, but i'm sure I will this spring! can I hatch them at the same time i do chickens? I've had chickens for a few years, this is my first time with ducks. I have 1 male runner, 2 pekin (not sure the sex yet, they're still young), and apparently 1 mismarked magpie. I love them all so much! They're so amusing!!

    @earlyredrooster - That's awesome!!!
     
  8. WildThang

    WildThang Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It depends if you incubate them or the duck/Chicken Broods them. Ducks will go take a dip in water come back and sit on the eggs to get them wet. Duck eggs need moister rather it be a squirt from a spray bottle or a gentle wetness of the mothers underside after a good bath. The Ducks will move them around in the hay bury some. While leaving others out in the open. To get them to incubate and hatch at the same time as the others. Sense they only lay one a day. Duck eggs typicaly hatch at day 28 of incubation. Good tricks to know, day 7 you will see a small bit of veins in the egg while your candling them. They will show more and more the longer the egg is incubated. However if you do not see that. A good thing to know is the dip test. If you put the egg in water and it sinks, it is fertile, if it floats then its scrambled eggs. :D Sense the male doesn't have to mate the female for her to lay eggs, If a duck is brooding them, she will lay anywhere from 8 to 16 eggs maybe more maybe less. Before she stops, to brood them. First time layers are really hard to get to brood, ducks are prone for not brooding the first lay. So If that happens, it may help to lock her in with the eggs, to get her to pay a bit more attention to the eggs. And less attention to the out doors. Our duck is a terrible brooder. She refuses to sit on the eggs, but our pekin was like "Okay I'll do it!" Until we started taking them away then she lost full interest in them. But be aware, they can hatch a couple days early or a couple days late. Just like any other animals pregnancy.


    As far as hatching them at the same time, Yes you can keep them at a nice temperature. Don't put them in a brooder, just make sure they are warm enough as they would be outdoors. When the chicken eggs are 5-6 days away from brooding. Start Incubating/Brooding the duck eggs, sense chicken eggs normaly hatch at 22 days. Duck eggs 28 days. That way they will hatch around the same time. Duck eggs will stay furtile and ready to brood, until you refrigerate them or if it takes to much time before you brood them. So i would start gathering the duck eggs when you start gathering the chicken eggs, Brood the duck eggs, give it a few days then brood the chicken eggs.
     
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  9. Jessica89

    Jessica89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is a beautiful duck!!
     
  10. earlyredrooster

    earlyredrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree she is a Magpie my Maggie hen lays a white egg about the size of an extra large chicken egg every single day. I LOVE my Maggie's.
     

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