August 4, 2012 at 1:06 am #525755
Thanks BV.Barnie is indeed a fine boy! Of course I have Hugo Barnevelder with the “old” girls , so I’ll have a closer look at his chest tomorrow!August 4, 2012 at 2:24 pm #525756
It’s hard to log in when you only see half a screen. I don’t know whether a solution was ever found. Anyhoo… I’ve been a few eggs short for a while then yesterday I found a nest in a box in the laundry. No other signs of Chooks having been in there! It was warm and dark so made sense to set them up with something proper in there. Then this morning the new nesting box and rice hulls untouched but they’d tracked down the same box they’d used previously?! I have no idea how they could have found it.August 4, 2012 at 2:29 pm #525757
Think I just found my first duck egg! It was in the ducks area and much bigger then the chooks eggs. Also the shell feels different, smoother.
I have just created a laying box for Cleo the duck now too.
How do you use your duck eggs?August 4, 2012 at 2:49 pm #525758
I use them instead of chicken eggs as I’m allergic to chicken eggs.
They are great for baking with esp dense cakes like fruit cakes mud cakes and carrot.
Good in pancakes tooAugust 4, 2012 at 6:03 pm #525759
BV – Barnie roo looks like a lovely boy! Those beetle-green feathers are gorgeous. Thanks for posting a photo of him.
Kristy – how exciting that Cleo finally starting laying. Good luck with getting her to lay in a nest! Lucky was never inclined to lay where I asked her to – always mad her own nest somewhere else – or just dropped her egg out on the ground in the middle of nowhere.
One of my New Years Day chicks, Shirley, laid here first egg yesterday too. Silly thing crawled in behind the chicken coop to lay her egg and then got stuck! I’ve locked her in the coop for a couple of days in the hope that the old girls will show her where to lay. Spring must be in the air – woo hoo! Not that you’d know it with the rainstorms we’ve been having today….August 4, 2012 at 10:27 pm #525760
It’s been an interesting time with this bunch of chicks. Started out
with 3 hatched by our broodie. 4 days of age, they didn’t make it inside
with the mum :blink: and 2 survived the near freezing temp!! Then my
cat, who has never been interested before, has eaten not one, but two of
them. Meanwhile, I bought 4 chicks the same age from the produce store,
and the mum completely rejected them, except at night. After day 3,
though, she was fine with them. They, however, were a tad reluctant after
all the pecking she’d done to them. Don’t blame them. Cat eats one of
these (how is the cat still alive? She sure knew how unhappy I was with
her. And yep, almost impossible to keep her out of their pen). So now
I’m making sure they’re very safe each day.
And today, a friend bought 3 of my POLs. Woot! Now only another 5 or so
to get rid of (not cos we want to, but we’re a couple over council regs.
I don’t agree, cos some of them are sooo tiny, I can only fit 3 standard
eggs under them, when they’re clucky lol. So that’s like 3 equals one
chooks 😛 )August 5, 2012 at 2:13 am #525761
That’s been a rough ride Bron! POL sale was good.
Thanks for the replies re my query about my adolescent roos, Bill and Ben.I checked out Hugo’s chest colouring today and he’s well and truly laced, not black, so perhaps Barnie roos can vary.
This is Hugo……I’m going to ask his breeder about those white tail feathers though that appeared after his moult!! :ohmy:August 5, 2012 at 2:24 am #525762
Having a bit of a behavioural issue with the chookies :S First they downright rejected the nesting box I gave them. They stayed far away from it at all times. Then I put up a privacy curtain made out of an old tarp. Since then there have been two eggs layed in the nesting box, but most eggs have still been either dropped wherever they’re walking around at the time, usually right in the middle of the yard. Then at night they’re loving the new privacy curtain, the four of them are piling up on top of each other to sleep in the nesting box behind the curtain!!! :pinch:
When I put eggs, fake or real, in the box they kick them out 🙁August 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm #525763
Found a chook egg in the ducks laying box this morning, one of the chooks must of laid in there yesterday whilst they were out free ranging lol…August 5, 2012 at 1:49 pm #525764
:laugh: Kristy my chooks and ducks always swap nest. They are funny like that.
If they lay after they have been let out the chooks will lay in the ducks
nesting box and the ducks in the chicken coop. :blink:
Did you taste your duck eggs yet?August 5, 2012 at 1:49 pm #525765
Sorry Miaow ……..had to laugh!! That’s not “behavioural issues” – just standard chook behaviour!! :laugh: :laugh:
If they ever do what you want, especially the free ranging ones with many options,just be grateful for any little win you have!!
I am currently rejoicing in not having to ever so gently rake shell-less eggs off the dome roof!!
Have fun!!August 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm #525766
Ummm I cracked the duck egg (with much difficulty, much harder then a chook egg), put it in the fry pan, then “chickened out” lol and fed it to the cats and dog, who did enjoy it.
I’m thinking I might try baking a sponge or something with them and see if I notice the taste at all. I am such a wuss 😛August 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm #525767
Do duck eggs taste really different? Stronger flavour maybe?August 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm #525768
I believe that 90% of people would not be able to tell the difference
In a blind test. They may be slightly creamier and a little richer.
A bit like the difference between a cage egg and your own freerange
Kristy are your Indian runner ducks eggs shells slightly green blue
in colour. I have one runner one khaki Campbell and one saxony I get one bluer
egg that I believe to be kylou’s our runner ducks egg.August 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm #525769
Jenoka I know it was just the thought of the whole thing and I probably would of been fine, but think I will work up to it…
Here is a picture of the duck egg on the right and the chook egg on the left.
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