Duck Eggs - good eatings?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Stella1964, May 3, 2008.

  1. Stella1964

    Stella1964 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi folks, can someone try to describe the taste of a duck egg, as compared to a chicken egg? Would my fussy kids and husband notice a significant difference?

    Also, how often do ducks lay eggs?
     
  2. fowlfriends

    fowlfriends Out Of The Brooder

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    My husband says that hard boiled (we actually steam them) duck eggs are ten times better than our chicken eggs! I personally would not know, because he always manages to get them all eaten before I come along. But he says they are sweeter and more creamy.

    As far as frying them up, my duck eggs remind me of the taste of store bought chicken eggs. I have used them to bake angel food cake, and they work great - fluff right up.

    Overall, I prefer fresh chicken eggs myself, but duck eggs are good too.

    The number of eggs they lay depends on the breed. My ducks lay on average about 300 eggs per year.
     
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  3. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    If you were to substitute a duck egg, 99% of people wouldn't even notice... except for maybe noting the egg is a large one.

    I know some bakers seek duck eggs for certain recipes. I'm not sure if there's any truth to it. I personally don't sell my duck eggs. I turn them all into more ducklings and then sell them along for meat or breeding.

    Most breeds of ducks (and all waterfowl) are seasonal layers during the winter months. So, it's not a matter of age of the hen, but of the season. However, there are some breeds who will lay all winter than keep going through the summer (Khaki Campbell springs to mind).

    3 of my 4 Appleyards have stopped laying now as of May, so I'm done incubating ducks for the year.
     
  4. Stella1964

    Stella1964 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If some ducks can lay up to 300 eggs a year [​IMG] ...

    and then some only lay seasonally ...

    my next question is, how many do they lay per day, roughly, or are they like chickens, only one per day or so...?

    thanks for the responses
     
  5. swampducks

    swampducks Overrun With Guineas

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    Quote:Just one per day as far as I can tell.

    My Indian runner is an egg laying machine and is turning into a good brooder. My rouens ladies seem to be every other day kind of layers and lately I find very few eggs (although they could be hiding them well). My runner is still laying eggs even though she is broody.

    Back to taste, they taste yolkier to me, probably because the yolks are bigger. They sure make cakes rise higher though.

    my DH became allergic to the whites very quickly (I suspect he must have tended that way already) but can eat the yolks and still can eat whole chicken eggs (so far.)

    I have no problem with either.
     
  6. Stella1964

    Stella1964 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've seen this a few times in this forum and can't figure it out, so I have to ask. Pardon my on-line lingo shortcomings, but what does "DH" mean??

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  7. swampducks

    swampducks Overrun With Guineas

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    Quote:Dear husband, darling husband, dam^%$^d husband

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    and of course there is DW, too
     
  8. tmk

    tmk Chillin' With My Peeps

    I like the "devoted hen" once someone said on this forum [​IMG]
     
  9. hatchcrazzzy

    hatchcrazzzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i love duck eggs they are way better tasting than a chicken egg and good to bake with
     

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