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Post by mountainmama on Fri Jun 22, 2012 2:03 am

I'm almost embarrassed to ask this, but here goes anyway. What birds will give eggs on a regular basis? Do all birds lay eggs regularly or is it just certain domesticated ones like chickens? I'm talking about birds like doves, quail, ducks, geese, ostrich, etc.

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Post by 12acrehome on Fri Jun 22, 2012 1:06 pm

all birds lay eggs, all are seasonal. Some only lay a few eggs a year. I am not sure about any that lay year 'round

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Post by amybyrd21 on Fri Jun 22, 2012 5:14 pm

First off there is never a dumb question. Smile


It also depends on the feed. We have had them lay in the winter by keeping a light on them and it a little warmer in the house during the winter. (we insulated it with hay bales that the horses wouldnt eat) It also depends on the age of the bird. My ducks laid every other day, my turkeys a few times week. my younger hens every day and my older ones were more spotty.

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Post by Sonshine on Sat Jun 23, 2012 7:26 am

We have had Buff Orpingtons and Rhode Island Reds. Both breeds lay year round, although they slow down a little during the winter months. On average, with 12 hens we get 8 to 10 eggs a day and in winter we get 6 to 8 eggs a day, so not really much of a slowdown.

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Post by mountainmama on Sat Jun 23, 2012 7:41 am

Right. I know about the chickens, but I was wondering more about the "exotic" kind of birds, if people can keep those for eggs like we do chickens.

I've heard of people keeping ostriches and peacocks/peahens, but I didn't know if they lay eggs you can collect for eating like you would from chickens. Maybe ostriches and geese are kept only for meat? What about quail?

Dd2 and I are allergic to chicken eggs. I was wondering if we could get a source for other eggs, if we could eat those instead.

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Post by amybyrd21 on Sat Jun 23, 2012 12:11 pm

People all over the world eat other bird eggs. Ostriches I know for sure but they are so big they equal around 20 chicken eggs. It takes 35 to 45 days hatch one. They use commuial nests so they all lay in it. And their egg shells ate so tough you need a hammer and chisle to get into them,

As far as peacocks I found no info on thier egg usage but you can eat them like chickens They have in the past they are considered pea fowl.

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