How to Identify Duck Eggs

How to Identify Duck Eggs
Duck eggs hatch within 28 to 35 days, depending on the type of duck such as pekins or muscovy. A female duck can lay an egg every day or every other day for up to two weeks. The female duck will drop her eggs anywhere she is, such as in the water or around the banks of the water. She will retrieve it to place in the nest. The female duck does all of the work with her eggs such as creating the nest, incubating and protecting them without the help of the male duck.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Book about birds
Step 1
Look for a nest on the ground. Ducks live near the water which is where they will develop their nests. The nest will be on flat ground hidden by bushes. The nest is large and round made up of twigs, leaves and broken branches.
Step 2
Determine the weight of the egg. Duck eggs weigh about 2 to 2 1/2 ounces. The width of a duck egg is about 2-inches thick and the length is almost 3-inches long.
Step 3
Feel the eggs. Duck eggs have a waxy coating on their shell, and they feel a kind of rubbery. The shell is shiny, as well as thick, compared to most other types of bird eggs such as chickens.
Step 4
Count how many eggs are in the nest. Ducks have from eight to 15 eggs in one clutch. A clutch is the total amount of eggs layed during one nesting period. Sunlight can effect the egg production of the female duck. More eggs are layed during the summer months than in the winter since there is more daylight.
Step 5
Notice the color of the eggs. Duck eggs are off-white or light green in color, depending on the type of duck. For example, pekin duck eggs are off-white and mallard duck eggs are light green.
Step 6
Shine a flashlight over the egg. If the egg is close to hatching, then you will be able to see a figure resembling a duckling. Point the light at the top of the egg and out of direct sunlight.

Tips & Warnings

If the egg is already cracked and there is orange yellow yolk inside, then it is an egg of a duckling that didn't have time to develop and hatch. The off-white eggs' yolk will be more yellow than orange.
Wash your hands after handling the duck eggs.


Article Written By Laura Hageman

Laura Hageman has written varied articles on real estate to entertainment topics for the past three years. Hageman wrote a romantic comedy novel entitled Her Desire listed on She has written for Web sites such as CurrentForeclosures and Triond over the course of 7 years. Hageman holds a Bachelor's degree in Arts.

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