Shelless egg

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by TearDucks, Mar 17, 2018.

  1. TearDucks

    TearDucks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello,
    A while ago my daughter and I were outside and she accidentally scared my ducks and my Peking laid a shelless egg on the spot. It was so strange, it didn't break when i picked it up. Actually had a lot of integrity for no shell. I didn't eat it, didn't think it was safe being unprotected without a shell. Has that happened to anyone else?
     
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  2. onaharley

    onaharley Overrun With Chickens

    :welcomeHow old is your duck? If they don't have enough calcium stored in their system they will produce shell less eggs. Do you offer oyster shells in another container besides their feed? They will eat oysters shells when their system needs it, they just know.
     
  3. nightowl223

    nightowl223 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whenever a bird is scared, they can lay a shell-less egg. It shouldn't happen regularly.
     
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  4. TearDucks

    TearDucks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It only happened the one time, it was shortly after she started laying. Hasnt happened since and the eggs are strong. I've gotten a few double yokes in one egg. Those are cool. And I've gotten one huge egg i thought was gonna be a double yoker but it wasnt. They roam free so I've never given them any scratch or shells. They eat a variety of things including wheat, mealworms, fresh fruit and veggies, whole corn and sometimes quack snacks. They love apples. The river ducks won't eat apples but they eat peanuts. My ducks don't like peanuts. When it got super cold i bought peanuts but those went to the river ducks. They're much smaller then mine so they needed them more to stay warm then mine. It takes a little while to digest so it keeps them warm I've read.
     
  5. onaharley

    onaharley Overrun With Chickens

    Sounds like she just got the egg scared right out of her!!

    I would offer oyster shells on the side as a free choice. There will be times that the egg making machine will glitch up and produce shell less eggs. It happens with any new layer but it is always better to be ahead of the issue, if one should a raise.

    I don't think you have anything to worried about. Post some pictures of your ducks!!!
     
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  6. TearDucks

    TearDucks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree. I was trying to but i hit the back button and I think I lost everything. Still learning this site. I will try again. Promise. Unfortunately my best egg layer is not doing good. Her wing is bleeding a little so she is home with what I believe to be her mate. I didnt take their eggs today. I gave them to her to sit on so she feels there's a purpose to being stuck home. I was trying to swap out who was in with her but my other female was fighting w her. It's very stressful.
     
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  7. onaharley

    onaharley Overrun With Chickens

    The best way to use this website/app is on a desk top. Hand held and mobile app is very tricky.

    How many ducks do you have and how many males?
     
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  8. TearDucks

    TearDucks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have seven. Two females five males.theyve been fine but this spring they are adults and ...it's not going well. I know I have some hard decisions and loss ahead of me. IMG_20180101_113654263.jpg
     
  9. TearDucks

    TearDucks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When the river was frozen over they stayed home. Id bring them warm water to bath in and drink. They are in the bigger part of their coop this isnt where they sleep.
     
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  10. DucksOhio

    DucksOhio Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was in that position last year. I ordered more females and things are just duckie now.
     

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