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A full clutch of duck eggs

A full clutch of duck eggs

After complaining that the ducks weren’t good layers, all three of them are now in full lay. One of them (we suspect one of the older ones) has been laying a while – a light blue coloured egg, which she laid in the house. More recently we started getting a white egg (we think from the younger female), but laid under the shelter, and now we’re getting another blue egg. They’ve now all taken to laying under the shelter, in a little clutch. However, we do still randomly find eggs around the run, or tucked behind a barrel. They clearly aren’t as discerning as the chickens when it comes to finding a spot to nest, and seem to be able to just drop an egg wherever takes their fancy. This does mean we throw a few eggs away, as some of them are caked in mud, but even so we’re still getting a little overwhelmed with duck eggs.

Very few people seem to want duck eggs. There is a long-held belief that duck eggs carry all sorts of unwanted nasties, like salmonella (probably because they don’t always lay them in a nest box), but we’ve been happily eating them with no ill effects. The eggs are also a bit different to hens eggs, with a larger proportion of yolk to white, with white having more protein, but that makes them great for baking – they make wonderful cakes and fluffy Yorkshire pudding. Some people say they taste different, but we haven’t noticed anything particularly different about them, and have used them as scrambled eggs and omelettes. Maybe some breeds of duck produce stronger tasting eggs, but as Khaki Campbells are bred as egg-layers, maybe this trait has been bred out of them.

So with the hens going great guns as well, we often get six eggs a day. I’ll just have to make more cakes!

What can we find here?

The chickens have been on top form recently, continuing to give us eggs right through the cold snap and into the new year. However, we mysteriously got 5 eggs today (although 2 of them were soft-shelled). We can only assume that Ginger, who always lays soft-shelled eggs, was trying to lay a double-yolker and it came out as 2 eggs instead!

The chickens continue to be a source of pleasure, but they have become a bit of a pain and a danger to themselves in the garden. They’ve now learnt that whenever I get the spade out goodies may be available. So today they were trying to “help” me dig in the polytunnel, and getting very excited when I put down a layer of well-rotted maure, full of all sorts of worms and wiggly things. I expect another 5 eggs tomorrow!

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