Pond laying ducks!?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by vfem, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

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    For real?! My duck is just dropping her eggs right into the pond where ever she happens to be. I'm luck to fish 1 or 2 out with a net once a week. She had a cute little nest I found a whole pile in about a month ago. I found the next and she took off and stopped laying there....

    What is up with the randomly laying eggs in the pond? Does anyone else have to deal with that?
     
  2. TrystInn

    TrystInn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2009
    Southern Arizona
    I keep expecting a few of our girls to lay in the pond but they haven't as yet. Most of them prefer to lay in the same nest in the hay I sprinkle around in the doghouse, but there's a few that just lay loose in the pen.

    Essentially, we've bred the brooding skills right out of some breeds.
     
  3. Do the eggs have a good solid shell? Somebody on here had that problem a little while back and it seems the duck was having trouble passing some eggs with shells that were not well formed. Being in the water helped her relax enough to get them out. Anyway she needed more calcium. Won't be nice if there is a simple solution like that?
     
  4. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

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    Problem is my pond is 2 acres... so I can only fish a few out through the week. Now, she had nested at one point until I found the nest in my neighbor's yard under her bird houses.

    I can not pen these birds... we tried but they took off onto the pond and refuse to come back. Part of the pond is on someone else's property so we can't fence the pond area in for them either. Luckily, the neighbor's love the ducks and sit and feed them for us too! LOL

    Oh well, they are pekins... so I'm sure they will chose when and how and where they will lay.

    However, the eggs we fish out are solid, dark orange yolks and the most WONDERFUL eggs we've ever eaten. (Try to make your own mayo with duck eggs, you won't be disappointed, but you won't buy another jar from the grocery store ever again!!!)
     
  5. VFEM would you mind sharing your mayo recipe? [​IMG]
     
  6. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

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    Go to the recipe section and follow MissPrissy's recipe, just change out with a duck egg! [​IMG]

    I add a bit of extra virgin olive oil and then finish it up with 3/4 cup of soy oil (veggie oil). I rather have cracked black pepper corns then white pepper too. [​IMG]
     
  7. Thanks vfem! I should try leaving the duck forum once in a while and see whats out there! [​IMG]
     
  8. rlhbond

    rlhbond Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine do that sometimes. I couldn't say why.
     
  9. eggybritches

    eggybritches Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My grandmother had pekins that ONLY laidd in the pond. Luckily her "pond" was a kiddie pool. Much easier to retrieve eggs.
     
  10. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

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    Here's one spot I have to pull them up from... I got a huge make shift net to do it with.

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    Little feathered runts! [​IMG]
     

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