Telling the difference between a duck egg and a chicken egg?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Kaitie09, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. Kaitie09

    Kaitie09 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2009
    South Central, PA
    We have a Mallard that I have caught in the chickens nesting boxes a couple times lately. I'm pretty sure that is going to end up where she will lay (she is 17 weeks) and I really will have no idea it is chicken or duck egg. We gave her a nest on the ground, but she never goes in it, and prefers the nests that are 2ft off the ground. How will a duck egg look compared to a chicken egg. We have chickens that lay everything from chocolate to blue. From tiny to extra jumbo.
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2011
  2. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2009
    No, mallards lay a celadon green egg -- if its a domestic mallard (Rouen) the egg should be the size of a jumbo hen's egg. If its a wild strain mallard it will be considerably smaller, about like a regular sized hen's egg.
  3. PlumTuckered

    PlumTuckered Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2007
    Duck eggs have a waxy feeling to them, chicken eggs don't.


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