Ducks and chooks and eggs galore

by Veronica on August 11, 2010

One of my ducks has (fingers crossed) started to sit on her clutch of eggs. While she ate breakfast this morning, I got a chance to count the eggs and it looks like there are 16. Of course, there were only 15 yesterday, so either she is still laying, or one of the other ducks has been using the same nesting box. I hope it’s the former, not the latter.

I also did my standard wander around and check all the other nests.

At last count there were:

1 egg in a nest in the stable.

6 eggs in the blackberries

5 eggs in the shed (our shed, not the ducks shed)

2 eggs in 2 nesting boxes

Plus the 16 the oldest duck is sitting on.

That is twenty seven duck eggs, waiting to be sat on.

I also suspect another duck is laying in the paddock next door, and I haven’t found that nest yet.

Every morning is a bit like a duck egg treasure hunt, as for a while, I had ducks laying everywhere and nowhere twice. Under my hedge, on the side of the road, under the pine tree (on the side of the road).

Everywhere.

I’ve also got a broody chook who is on 9 eggs, care of Mum and freecycle.

My biggest issue however, is that I am certain my light grey bantum hen is laying, but do you think I can find a nest? One of the chooks lays in a nesting box every day and yesterday I found one sole egg in the stable in the opposite corner to the ducks eggs, but nothing today.

Let’s just say, hunting for eggs isn’t much fun once you grow up and those eggs are no longer chocolate.

{ 4 comments }

Becky August 12, 2010 at 3:43 am

Are you trying to hatch them so you can eat the meat? Because, honestly, all I can think of when you start numbering the eggs is, “Grab them! Boil them! Fry them! SunnySide Up them!” and other such thoughts.

Barbara August 12, 2010 at 5:55 am

Ooh, that’s all very exciting. I hope you find your phantom bantum eggs.

Taz August 12, 2010 at 1:58 pm

happy egg hunting.. lol

hows the new dog settling in?

The Pioneer Cookerella September 22, 2010 at 1:48 pm

I have been following your Sleepless Nights Blog for quite a while now in google reader, but somehow the notion of you having a food blog completely escaped me! Lame! So glad I found this. You are officially bookmarked. :)

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