- May 8, 2008
Hi all I have 2 silver appleyard ducks & I'm here in New Jersey where we've been like buried in snow the past couple of days. I had an egg disappear yesterday from a bunny hutch/coop that is open. The 2 ducks in question aren't a year old but over 6 months old & I've been waiting to see them start laying eggs too. I spotted an egg in the bunny hutch that they've been using but the chickens are in & out of all the time too. I had thought that the egg looked tan in color & these ducks are suppose to lay white eggs but I couldn't get all that close of a look at it & I didn't want to disturb the hens that looked to be looking for a place to sit & lay at the time. That was yesterday & I'd forgotten about it because we've had our hands full with other things & so hubby went out to see if he could now retrieve this egg & it's not there. Mean while earlier the ducks had gone into the chicken coop & had kinda bullied all the chickens out & he was actually witnessing them going nose to nose with a hen that was sitting like they were trying to bully her out of her spot & it occured to me maybe the ducks are stealing eggs???? is this possible? Is this why I haven't seen any of their own eggs are they eating them??? The ducks are actually pretty comical & I do love em but I didn't realize this might be an issue with them being in close proximity to the chickens. If they are eating the eggs the entire shell was gone too.... I don't think it's the chickens eating the eggs because we've never had that issue before & they've had many an opportunity. Anyway I thought I might check here to see what you all think. Thanks for any guidance.