what color are duck eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chicksnducks, Sep 21, 2007.

  1. chicksnducks

    chicksnducks Songster

    Apr 16, 2007
    Durant OK
    I have a pair of ducks and 16 chickens. I am not sure what color duck eggs are. I just found 25 eggs hidden in one place in the barn. I put them under my broody cause her eggs were duds. she sat for 28 days and nothing. I put this bunch under her and started counting... again. If any are duck eggs can she hatch them?
    also, someone told me that you shouldn't touch the eggs with bare hands...is that true???
    we are very new at the egg hatching things.
    thanks...one more question...what type of light should we use to candle???
  2. WindyOaksYokes

    WindyOaksYokes Songster

    Jul 17, 2007
    Central Virginia
  3. hatchcrazzzy

    hatchcrazzzy Songster

    Jun 8, 2007
    kemp texas
    i have rouen ducks and they lay white to light green eggs
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  4. Haviris

    Haviris Songster

    Sep 4, 2007
    It depends on the breed of duck, but duck eggs are usually bigger then chicken eggs. And yes your chicken should be able to hatch duck eggs.

    And I have never heard that you shouldn't touch them, I touch mine plenty and still manage to hatch them, so I would say that is a myth. And I use a regular flash light.
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2007
  5. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Songster

    I use an LED flashlight. You can see into the eggs much more clearly than when using a regular flashlight.
  6. I would leave the eggs for the ducks to hatch so they can take the ducklings for a swimming lesson and teach them to dry their tummies etc.
    Ive just had my first duckling hatch and its lovely to watch the mumma duck teach her babies.
    But yes a chicken can hatch out duck eggs!!
  7. GloriaH

    GloriaH Songster

    Mar 18, 2007
    Watertown, Tennessee
    My duck eggs have a different texture and are king of a pearly white. A hen will hatch them but they do take longer then chicken eggs. I haven't had my coffee this morning so I can't tell you how much longer. I think about 28 days.
  8. Haviris

    Haviris Songster

    Sep 4, 2007
    Yes it's 28 days.
  9. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Songster

    May 4, 2007
    Cayugas lay black eggs or dark gray, that fade to a light blue towards the end of laying season. It is why I got one this spring, unfortunately she died as a 4 say duckling. [​IMG] I think usually ducks lay white eggs though.
  10. GloriaH

    GloriaH Songster

    Mar 18, 2007
    Watertown, Tennessee
    They also take higher humidity. I spray mine with warm warter when I turn them in the incubator. I love my Ducks. I raise Welsh Harlequins. I'll start hatching in Feb.

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