stained duck eggs???

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jjohan15, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. jjohan15

    jjohan15 Hatching

    Dec 20, 2012
    so i have had my ducks for awhile and they were laying great until winter hit and days got shorter. they completly stopped and my chickens slowed down so i put up lights to get them laying again. the ducks have started again, but the eggs are stained black! i've been getting more eggs now but all them are stained black. the first one i got i washed off and it just turned slightly purple, as if i had dyed it for easter. we used it though and it was still good. what is wrong?![​IMG]

  2. zooweemama

    zooweemama Songster

    What breeds of duck do you have? Cayuga lay eggs that color. Otherwise I am not entirely sure why you have eggs that color. I have many breeds and I do have some layers that lay a slightly green tinted egg.

    Make sure the lay box bedding is fresh and clean a couple days a week to help remove poop and other things that can cause staining. But honestly that just looks like a Cayuga egg. They lighten up as their laying season progresses.
  3. jjohan15

    jjohan15 Hatching

    Dec 20, 2012
    i do have cayugas! do you know why the eggs are stained like that? or why it just washes off?
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I have Cayugas, too, and mine go through their laying cycles by starting with nearly black eggs. The color gets lighter as that hen lays more eggs. After a break in laying, when they start up again, the eggs will be dark then progress to lighter eggs.

    I don't know WHY - I just know that's the way it is. Ducks often lay eggs in puddles, near puddles, or next to their kiddie pools or ponds. I find a dry egg loses less of the darker tint.
  5. kellypepperk

    kellypepperk Songster

    May 30, 2012
    Delaware County, NY
    awww - we have Cayuga and our eggs have been light from the beginning... I'm hoping for some of the darker eggs soon! Winter hit hard here and we're not getting any eggs now.

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