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Soft shelled duck eggs

Post by Deryn on Tue May 29, 2018 9:02 pm

Does anyone have a solution to soft shelled duck egg please. I have at least 2 laying these regularly.
They are free ranging and have a pot of grit down which they don't touch

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Post by Sean Ph'lib on Tue May 29, 2018 10:36 pm

What kind of grit? I keep a feeder filled with oystershell and they fairly wolf it down. And you'd nearly want a hatchet to take the tops off the eggs!

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Post by Deryn on Tue May 29, 2018 10:44 pm

It is oyster grit they have, maybe I will try moving it

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Post by Sean Ph'lib on Tue May 29, 2018 11:11 pm

Out of interest, Deryn, how d'you feed them? I keep two feeders filled with whole oats and another two with maize and one with oystershell and they help themselves whenever they feel like it.

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Post by wayland on Wed May 30, 2018 8:56 am

It could be genetic. I have had this in the past when only feeding layers pellets. All the ducks were fine except one who laid soft shelled eggs. I guess that total free ranging might leave a deficit of calcium in their diet but as you offer Oyster shell supplement???
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Post by Deryn on Wed May 30, 2018 5:01 pm

I have a feeder full of layer pellet all the time and the grit in a tray. Moved the grit today and noticed one of them tucking in. Hopefully the others will follow.

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