You may recall my blue Swedish duck hen, Macaroni, playing pranks on me with her eggs (here she is with 3 of our 6 drakes in tow). I was anxious to try a duck egg so I dragged an old wooden crate to the area next to the dock that the ducks enjoy. We've been feeding them there the past few weeks and they seem to like that area. I placed two golf balls inside the nest box and pushed them down into the soft mud to make them stay in place. A few days later, one of the golf balls mysteriously disappeared. (Picture ducks playing golf.) The ground is sloped under the box, so the golf ball is now in the pond under the dock somewhere.
I was outside this afternoon getting the grill ready to cook supper and on a whim I walked to the end of the dock and looked inside, hoping against hope that Macaroni had laid her daily egg there. To my surprise, there was a duck egg inside the nest box! What a good girl! It took her 9 days to get the hint.
The egg is pale olive green and the shell is very smooth. The photo shows the egg before I washed the mud off of it. I can't wait to try it and compare it to the eggs my chooks lay. Duck eggs are going to be a rare treat for me. I've only got two hens; the other is a Cayuga named Daisy. Cayuga eggs start out black and gradually fade to gray as the season goes by. I don't know if I should save them and try to sell them. I'm not sure if there is much of a demand for duck eggs around here. Maybe I'll try it this summer and see what kind of response I get. I hear duck eggs are good for baking but I have yet to test that theory.