Oct 11, 2019

Duck Eggs!

I am waiting on Chuck to be my guinea pig.  Yes, I need him to try the duck eggs we are now finding in the coop.  Soon maybe, he will try them and I'll give you his taste test results.

Me try them first?  No way, I don't know why, but no way.

They are huge, very hard shelled pretty eggs and I am curious. Guess I'll do what anybody would do when curious about a certain subject, Google it!

This is what I've found out in searching today.

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All About Duck Eggs from Fresh Eggs Daily

Duck Eggs versus Chicken Eggs from Cooks Illustrated
(not the best for scrambled eggs per their panel)

Duck eggs sell for $1 a piece at the local health food stores and pastry chefs love them!

Backyard Poultry 
Chicken Egg Facts (Large Egg, 50g)

  • Calories: 71
  • Total Fat: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 211mg
  • Sodium: 70mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 0g
  • Protein: 6g

Duck Egg Facts (70g)
  • Calories: 130
  • Total Fat: 10g
  • Cholesterol: 619mg
  • Sodium: 102mg
  •  Total Carbohydrate: 1g
  • Protein: 9g

How do I cook duck eggs? You cook them the same way you would cook a chicken egg. Because they have a lower water content than chicken eggs, you should be careful when frying them, as overcooking can lead to a rubbery egg. Because duck eggs do cook up fluffier, my favorite ways to use duck eggs are

    • Cakes and pastries
    • Breads
    • Omelets
    • Custards and flans
    • Quiches

How to cook with duck eggs 
Cooking with duck eggs is a little bit different than cooking with chicken eggs.  Scrambling them up is going to be the same, and they are great when added to a frittata or omelet. But if you are frying or hard boiling them, a little extra care is needed.  Duck eggs have a lower water content than chicken eggs so overcooking them can give them a rubbery texture.
For great hard boiled duck eggs, place the eggs in a pot of cold, salted water.  Bring to a boil.  Once the water is boiling, remove the pot from the heat and let sit for 12 minutes.  Carefully remove the eggs & place in a bowl of ice water until cool.
Baking with duck eggs might also require a little playing around with the recipe.  I usually just sub out one chicken egg for one duck egg, but every recipe is different.  If your recipe calls for multiple eggs, an easy substitution is to use 2 duck eggs for every 3 chicken eggs.  If you have an extra sensitive recipe, you can also measure out the whites & yolks.  A standard large egg would be the equivalent of 1 tablespoon of yolk and 2 tablespoons of white.

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Not that I'm comparing the two because I like them both  It is good to see the difference for those of us that have had chickens for awhile.

10 Reasons Why Duck Eggs Are Better Than Chicken Eggs

by Wide Open Pets
 (my thoughts in italics)

1.  Duck eggs stay fresh longer.  They have a thicker shell.
Now that is a good thing!
2.  Duck eggs taste different.  They are creamier and richer than a chicken egg.
3.  Duck eggs are bigger.  The white contains more protein, the yolk is larger.  The yolk has more fat content, healthier fats but also higher cholesterol.
4.  Duck eggs have more Omega-3 fatty acids, which is better for heart health.
5.  Duck eggs have more Vitamin D, especially if they are pasture raised.
Glad mine are that, ducks need greens, grasses, weeds etc.
6.  Duck eggs have more essential vitamins and minerals.
7.  Ducks are efficient egg layers.  It takes less feed to produce an egg.
I have found that to be true.  They eat very little and are laying now, when my hens are molting and not laying very much at all.
8.  Ducks are easier to raise than chickens.
Hmm I know you'd better have plenty of water!  Did I say plenty of water?  Why yes I did!  You will spend quite a bit of time cleaning behind the nasty little boogers!  Have green grass available make sure if you house or pen them with chickens that they get along from birth.  Ideally a separate location for ducks would be great!  But, they are social beings and funny, oh my they are funny to watch.  Ours spend their days quacking, playing, chasing certain chickens around the pen and just plain having fun! The chickens have adjusted and at the moment there is peace in the pen.
I'll have to get back with you on the easier to raise part.
9. Duck eggs are a baker's secret ingredient.  They make fluffier cakes, taller meringue, lighter cookies.
10. Duck eggs are tough and beautiful. Colors range from white, to green to grey, depending on the breed.

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Chippy and Daffy


  1. My mother loved duck eggs and raised ducks mostly for the eggs, I think. I am not a big egg eater anymore but appreciate good eggs! Hope you have a blessed week, Dolly- xo Diana

    1. I haven't eaten an egg yet but will try one of them. Hope you have a good week sweet friend!