My little Cayuga hen, Daisy, laid her first egg today. She planted it smack dab in the middle of the front yard nowhere near the nest box I've provided near the pond. If you've never held a black duck egg in your hand, the black color is pigment on the shell. It rubs off easily to reveal a white shell underneath.
The ducks have split into two camps, each with one hen and three drakes. There's Camp Macaroni and Camp Daisy now that breeding season is here. I need more hens! My plan is to place about 6 duck eggs under the first broody chicken I get. Once they've hatched I'll take over mothering duties. I'll raise the hens and butcher the drakes that result. Of course this elaborate plan depends on having a broody hen. Why is it that they're never broody when you want them to be?
Lately I've been offering 10 extra large chicken eggs and two duck eggs for $2.50. It seems to be popular. I realize I'll never get rich selling my extra eggs but it sure is nice to have it offset the cost of feed and bedding for my birds. Not to mention it gives me a chance to talk to others who appreciate fresh, free-ranged eggs. And if we're very lucky the ducks will be putting on a synchronized swimming demonstration!