Question about swedish hens?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Dusky Beauty, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. Dusky Beauty

    Dusky Beauty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The egg detective is IN!
    In trying to investigate which ducks are laying I've come to wonder if one of my non performing swedes is finally paying rent. How often and what color do swedes lay?

    I'm getting a very large white egg about once a week (4 days-6 days), Brighter white than the campbell eggs I get every day. I've also got layer hybrids (much younger though) and a buff, but the buff's feet are bright orange.. Im pretty sure she's not laying anything.
     
  2. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    I've never had much luck telling which duck is laying by the color of the egg (except for Cayugas)
     
  3. Tivona

    Tivona Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 1 Buff and 1 Swed both laying. As well as 300 hybrids also laying. My Buff lays a very white good sized egg. My Black Swedish lays a white egg with a gray over layer. The first eggs the Black Swed laid were almost black on the outside. The actual shell its self was cream, only the outer surface was gray. The Golden 300 hybrids lay mostly cream eggs although I do have one that lays a green egg for me every day.

    Just guessing from your post I would say the Buff is the one laying the egg you described.
     
  4. Dusky Beauty

    Dusky Beauty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In the end, It doesn't much matter which egg belongs to who... Its just that my pair of black swedish sisters are serious cull material. I can tolerate a pretty duck that doesn't lay, but a pretty duck that doesn't lay and harasses all the rest of my residents may be facing a trip to the freezer. It would help her case if she was at least contributing :)
     
  5. Rosebud 18

    Rosebud 18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a black swedish and a blue swedish and they both lay white eggs. Very good layers to. They started laying the first of sept. and haven't missed a day. Of course they might quit laying tomorrow.
     
  6. Dusky Beauty

    Dusky Beauty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well thanks guys! I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something obvious (like if swedes lay green eggs for example and I didn't know it! LOL)

    Funny thing was these two had an execution date back in November till I came into a set of 9 males someone was desperate to be rid of and processing those birds distracted me... then BOOM! eggs started dropping right and left! and the swedish and rouen boys I saved out of that lot happen to be very charismatic. I've caught those black and white hussies in the act! No surprise the big eggs are all fertile [​IMG]
     
  7. 70%cocoa

    70%cocoa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most of my Swedish lay a white egg. But I've got one that lays a blue egg.
     
  8. Ducks and Banny hens

    Ducks and Banny hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Black Swede hen lays a pale light gray-brown colored egg.
     
  9. Ducks and Banny hens

    Ducks and Banny hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, that's the thing with ducks -- Chickens have had egg color nearly perfected, but ducks. Oy! Sisters can lay totally different colored eggs! It's amazingly varied.
     
  10. Oregon Blues

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    Probably because nobody cares what color eggs ducks lay, so nobody breeds for egg color. Chicken people seem to be obsessed with egg color. Me, I'm going to throw that egg shell away. Why should I care what color it is? I'm much more interested in the quality of what is inside that shell
     

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