Questions about duck eggs: Why are they so small?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by fogbubble, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. fogbubble

    fogbubble Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi
    I have a mix of Welsh Harlequins, a Cayuga, and a mallard. The mallard started laying about a month ago, and her eggs are pretty big. I'd say they're bigger than jumbo chicken eggs. The Cayuga's eggs vary between XL and jumbo.
    But I've been disappointed with the Welsh Harlequin eggs: I don't have a scale, but I'd guess that they're only large at best. The birds are about 8 months old and have only just begun laying. I thought duck eggs were supposed to be bigger than chicken eggs, and that's what I put in my Craigslist ad. Can somebody offer me some advice? The ducks are free-range during the day and cooped at night. I feed them laying pellets and they have plenty of water to play in. Does egg size increase under certain conditions? I hope so.
     
  2. tia

    tia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Valdez, Alaska
    My runners just started laying and they were pretty small too. The last couple of days I noticed they were a lot larger. Maybe they just need some practice. : ) I know that the ones I hatched these from were a lot larger than the ones they are laying. I'm not sure why that is. It will be interesting to find out. I did make some brownies tonight using duck eggs and they were yummy... I'm going to have to sell them or give them away, because they are piling up quicker than I can eat them.
     
  3. Ducks-R-Us

    Ducks-R-Us Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have some magpies that lay very large eggs - way bigger than my pekins or cayugas. Although one of the magpie hens will lay a smaller blue egg, the others lay very large eggs. My guess is that it just depends on which breed you have and how old your ducks are.
     
  4. 10ducks

    10ducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is a chart on this page (link below) comparing Khaki Campbell eggs to Metzer's hybrid egg layers. It says their Khaki eggs average 76 grams. When my Khakis first started laying, they were all over the place, but on average they were around 60 grams for the first couple of months. Now they are up in the 75-80 gram range. They are in their 4th month of laying. Welsh Harlequin eggs are supposed to be comparable to the Khaki Campbells. So I agree with the other posters, you need to give them some time and they will get larger and more consistent in size.

    http://metzerfarms.com/egg_prod.htm
     
  5. Birdcrazy

    Birdcrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm pretty sure duck eggs, like chickens, are smaller if they are younger. Maybe check the average weight for the breed's egg and if its bigger than your eggs are turning out to be, I'd definitly say its because of the age.
     

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