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Can ducks lay 2+ eggs in one day? (You’ll be surprised!)

Everybody knows ducks lay one egg a day. If you exclaim excitedly, “My duck laid two eggs today!” you’ll probably get funny looks, if you’re talking to people who know anything whatsoever about ducks. They’ll tell you, no, ducks never lay two eggs in a day.

But they’d be wrong.

Once in a while, a duck owner will get one more egg than the amount of female ducks they have.

Can a duck really lay two eggs in one day?

Surprisingly, yes.

It’s rare, but it does happen and it’s completely normal. It’s most common in young ducks whose hormones are still out of whack. In fact, some people have even gotten three eggs in one day. Most likely, however, these extra eggs won’t last long. Soon enough, her hormones will balance out and she will start laying normally, one egg per day. These extra eggs are often soft-shelled, because ducks rarely have enough resources to make two shells.

Nevertheless, occasionally, a duck will keep laying two hard-shelled eggs a day for long periods of time.

If you have one of these “wonder ducks,” don’t worry about her. Enjoy the extra eggs for as long as she’ll give them to you!

7 thoughts on “Can ducks lay 2+ eggs in one day? (You’ll be surprised!)”

  1. I have a Saxony duck and she started to lay two eggs and she is only about one and half years old I understand that her hormones are out of whack but is it ok to have a soft shell.

    1. It’s okay. If your duck is laying two eggs a day, she probably just doesn’t have enough calcium to make two hard shells.

      Soft-shelled eggs CAN be a concern, if a duck is regularly laying one soft-shelled egg a day. In this case, it usually points to a nutritional deficiency. But in this case, don’t worry about it.

  2. I have a khaki Campbell x duck who is in a ru with her 10 ducklings who are almost 3 weeks old. Tonight I found 5 eggs in the next box. I put fresh hay in there daily and im pretty sure I put hay in yesterday, but 100% sure I put hay in the day before and there were no eggs.
    The duck and ducklings have been confined to the cage since the ducklings hatched. No other adult ducks can get in there. The eggs are not unhatched ones I know this as 1: I cleaned all unhatched eggs out and 2: I candled and these are obviously fresh eggs.

    I’ve never heard of a duck laying so soon after hatching ducklings (she is still caring for the ducklings as any normal duck would). It’s currently almost winter here and there is a light on 24/7 in the housing area of the run to provide heat for her 10 ducklings, however I’ve used this setup countless times before
    I don’t know her age or laying history as she was given to me by people who had been feeding her after a neighbour dumped them on his property and left them there with no food, shelter etc.
    it’s almost winter here so daylight hrs are quite short, however there is a light On in the housing to provide heat for the 10 ducklings. However I’ve used that setup countless times before and never ever had a duck go back into lay until the ducklings were at least 10-12 weeks old.
    I don’t understand how on earth she could have started laying so soon, much less lay 5 eggs in 2 days! But I am absolutely certain no other duck has access to the house and run she is in, which is a professionally build one and completely covered with small diameter netting and solid roof/walls etc.

    I’m baffled…any thoughts?

    1. Interesting. Is it possible that this was a prank by neighbors or family? I remember a few similar cases on BackyardChickens.com that turned out to have been a prank.

      If you’re sure it wasn’t a prank, I suspect it has something to do with the light being on 24/7 or the fact that this is a Khaki Campbell. Is this your first Khaki Campbell? And how long have you had her? This is just speculation since I don’t have real life experience with a light in my coop, but I wonder if the 24 hour light stressed her and caused her to lay earlier than normal, since she wasn’t used to having it before she came to you. I’ve read that having the light on all the time sometimes works out fine (as it seems to have, for you, in the past), especially if they’re used to it, but in other cases stresses the birds and causes laying problems.

      And maybe Khaki Campbells just tend to start laying earlier. I don’t know. I have a Muscovy who just started laying this week, even though her ducklings are only eight weeks old. Campbells are known for extremely high egg production and not so good mothering instincts anyway.

  3. How interesting! I bet when ducks or hen lay 2 eggs in one day the eggs are almost see-through because of having so little time to produce the egg. Have you seen this with a few different breeds of ducks, or one? I once had this happen with a Rhode Island red hen, but only once..

    1. Yes, the eggs tend to have very thin or nearly transparent shells, but sometimes they’re perfectly normal. I’ve never seen any of my ducks laying two eggs in a day, but it’s possible it has happened I didn’t realize it, since I can’t keep close track on who’s laying and who’s not. I do remember once when one of mine laid a soft-shelled egg around 5 PM, but I can’t remember whether she laid one in the morning or not.

      I’ve heard of various breeds laying two eggs a day.

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