OMG! The first duck eggs...

29 June, 2013

This morning was a joyous morning, because today when I went to let the ducks out of their house (where they get locked up each night while I slowly, slowly fox proof their pen) there was a surprise.


I believe I danced a jig.

When I got my ducks back in late January they were 12 weeks old. Being a complete duck novice, I had to go by books and the interwebs which told me ducks take between 4-6 months to start laying. These being their first eggs at 8 months-ish they may be a bit behind the times. But better late than never.

My ducks are Welsh Harlequins, which are meant to be quite good layers (around 200 eggs a year in peak laying years) as well as quiet enough to keep as pets in a suburban area, which I am. So I'm looking forward to a good many more of these.


They are the most amazing delicate green-blue colour, as good duck eggs should be. And size wise they are pretty close to chicken eggs, which the below pic (with chicken eggs provided by my grandmothers chickens) shows.


Both Bloom (rear) and Thal (front) got extra greens today as a treat.


Thanks ladies!

Edit: Turns out I am a complete idiot, and these are the two boy ducks. Given I had two eggs, I thought it was these two. Not so. So now I have to go and apologise to Heston (the girl duck) and give her extra greens.
Stay tuned for how they taste...

8 comments:

  1. Good on your girls! I am still waiting for my pullets who hatched on the 7 Dec to lay. With their Mama having her mid winter moult (second in time in 2 years shes left it late) Its been a long time between eggs!

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    1. I know what you mean. My grandmothers chickens have their slow bits each year which means none of the extended family gets eggs. I have no idea what the situation will be with the ducks. But I hope mama is back laying soon, and the young ones get into the action soon too.

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  2. Oh lovely! They are such pretty colours - eggs and ducks. We used to keep ducks when I was a smaller lass - Muscovies they were.

    Enjoy your quackleberries.

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    1. They are gorgeous! Muscovies would have been wonderful. Thanks - I shall enjoy them (haven't eaten them yet...)

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  3. I love ducks - they are one of my favorite animal. Your two have such beautiful markings. I am very interested in hearing what you think of the taste of the eggs and how you use them.

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    1. They are great! And the pics don't really do them justice. I am planning to do a taste comparison to my grandmothers' (ie home-raised organic superfresh) chicken eggs, so watch this space...

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  4. Nice work Bloom and Thai. I wonder what they thought went they pushed those first eggs out it must have come as quite a shock for them. I look forward to seeing what you make with them

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    1. Yes, I imagine they would have been wondering what the hell was going on. For now the eggs (there was a third one yesterday) are in the fridge for the weekend egg-off.

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