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Taste of Duck Eggs

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by hehahn, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. hehahn

    hehahn Out Of The Brooder

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    I wondered how many of you out there actually eat your duck eggs, or if you prefer the taste of the chicken eggs? I am mildly allergic (gives me the itchies) to chicken eggs, so I can eat them, but not much and not often.

    I am sick of doing egg replacers and heard that duck eggs bake up nicely, but what about a fried or scrambled egg? Do they taste good deviled? I hear that duck eggs can be rubbery, is that true? Because of a higher protein content?

    Out of all the duck breeds, I like the "pretty ones" like blue swedish, but a breeder told me that Pekin ducks were best for production and flavor. I thought I'd ask you all--which breed's eggs taste best cooked on their own?
     
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  2. DenverDucky

    DenverDucky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I eat my pekin ducks eggs! I don't find them rubbery, but they do have a different texture with a big, thick yoke. Ever since my duck started laying I haven't wanted chicken eggs. I bake quiche with them but my favorite is soft-boiled!
     
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  3. bugglesmommy

    bugglesmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've never tried duck but I have tried quail. They are much smaller of course, but pretty good.
     
  4. hehahn

    hehahn Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay, so one vote for Pekin so far.

    And I have no access to quail, but we are about to hatch out 12 guinea eggs. Has anyone tasted guinea eggs? (I mean after I raise these and they start laying, of course.)
     
  5. ChristineR

    ChristineR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think what they are eating makes more of a difference than what breed they are. If their food contains fish meal, they might taste fishy, etc.

    Duck eggs taste a little richer than chicken eggs and I've heard they need to be cooked more gently to avoid the rubbery effect (lower heat, shorter cooking time). I use mine for baking.

    Just to warn you, some people who react to chicken eggs can't eat duck eggs either.
     
  6. Pinx

    Pinx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I eat my Cayuga eggs. They don't taste any different then a chicken egg to me honestly. My Cayuga girls lay about 5-6 eggs a week, each. One duck hen kept our fridge stocked with eggs while I hatched all of the chicken eggs I had. We don't eat an over abundance of eggs though.

    I have never had them deviled... made just about everything else with them.
     
  7. rubberduckies

    rubberduckies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard that some people who are allergic to chicken eggs can eat duck eggs with no problem. You can google it.

    As for egg production... Khaki Campbells are one of the best layers and Indian Runners are a close second. Khakis aren't really a "pretty" breed. Runners are... Comical. Lol. You just can't look at them and not smile.

    I'm going to eat my duck eggs when they start laying so I'm excited to see how they taste too! I've heard only good things. There's a thread about duck egg recipes on BYC. Maybe you could search for it. I don't know how to post the link here. Sorry.
     
  8. DenverDucky

    DenverDucky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My neighbors son is allergic to chicken eggs but not duck eggs. They appreciate it the times I've given duck eggs to them!
     
  9. iluvsedward

    iluvsedward Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welsh Harlequins are pretty production ducks, and smaller then pekins too.
     
  10. DenverDucky

    DenverDucky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WH are so pretty!
     

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