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Duck Eggs?

Discussion in 'Food and Drink' started by Burl Source, Jan 30, 2016.

  1. Burl Source

    Burl Source Founding Member

    My duck just started laying eggs. So far 2 eggs.
    I am not sure how long the eggs sat in the cold so I don't think there is much if any chance that they would hatch. She doesn't seem inclined to sitting on the eggs. These were just on the ground and not in the straw.

    I read that duck eggs are kind of rich to eat like you would with chicken eggs.
    So.....anyone ever eat duck eggs? or cook with them?
    Just curious.

    When the weather warms a bit I will try to hatch some. But until then just not sure what to do with the eggs.
  2. CrisAnderson27

    CrisAnderson27 Professional Craftsman

    Subscribing lol. I love chicken eggs myself. Never had duck eggs.
  3. Rick

    Rick aka Pensacola Tiger Founding Member Gold Contributor

    In my experience duck eggs can be prepared and eaten just like chicken eggs. They are excellent scrambled. Since the ducks have probably been consuming a lot more wild protein (bugs) than feed fed chickens, the yolks will be a very deep yellow, almost orange color, but that doesn't affect anything except a better taste (to me, at least).
  4. Toothpick

    Toothpick #2 since day #1 Founding Member

    Never ate duck eggs, but I've ate some oblong chicken eggs. We had a male duck in with the chickens....That's all I'm saying. Strange lookin' eggs that year.

    I always wanted to hatch chickens or ducks. Supposedly they imprint on the first thing they see. I wanted to find out if that's true
  5. CrisAnderson27

    CrisAnderson27 Professional Craftsman

    This is what I would hope. I grew up on a 192k acre cattle ranch. We had more chickens than we knew what to do with lol. The eggs were freaking amazing.
  6. butch

    butch Founding Member

    all i have ever heard is that they are richer then chicken eggs but if the chickens are eatig the same bug rich food im bettig ther are both close to the same
    i do know free range chicken eggs are killer
  7. Jim

    Jim Old Curmudgeon Founding Member

    I love them, much more of a robust flavor. I have not had any in years now.
  8. Mrmnms

    Mrmnms Founding Member Gold Contributor

    We used to raise ducks along with chickens. We used them less for baking out of habit, but guys who claimed they could tell them apart ate omeletes , scrambled and stratus made from duck eggs all the time and never knew. Their flavor will be somewhat different on what their diet is.
  9. chefcomesback

    chefcomesback Founding Member

    It has been a while since I had any but duck eggs are great , they taste richer and they are twice the size of chickens eggs . I heard few high end patisseries using them exclusively
  10. pleue

    pleue Founding Member

    We have a few ducks that we rehomed. Laying intermittently in the winter. The richness of the yolks makes them great for sauces/aioli, they are great soft boiled, sieved into salads, etc.
  11. apathetic

    apathetic Founding Member

    They work great in baking
  12. I'll pick them up from the farmers market when I can manage to get up that early. I think they're great. Slightly bigger than a jumbo chicken egg and the yolk is usually really big. I eat me anyway you would a chicken egg but I usually do sunny side up to show off the beautiful yolk. They taste about the same to me as a really good chicken egg, natural diet, actually free range, etc.
  13. Duck eggs gross me out a little. The yolk is so big that it stays fairly cool when you are cooking it, if you like your yolks runny as I do.
    I also heard you have to keep them in the fridge on account of the shell porosity, whereas we don't customarily keep chicke eggs in the fridge.
  14. CrisAnderson27

    CrisAnderson27 Professional Craftsman

    You don't :er?
  15. I'm pretty sure they don't need it.
    But then again, I've always lived in pretty cold houses, so maybe that helps?
  16. Bill T

    Bill T Founding Member

    Never had a duck egg...:(
  17. I think they're amazing, I can even get double yolk ones around here from time to time, and since I'm all about the yolk, it's even better for me. Since they're regarded more as a "treat" than an everyday food (we go through so many eggs right now) I tend to use preps that highlight the runny yolk: sous vide/hollandaise based sauces, etc. I do love soft scrambled eggs on toast though, and these make the best version, IMO.
  18. I once got a half dozen Cotswold Leg-bar (chicken) eggs, all double yolks!
    The lady I buy them from seems to have strong double-yolker genetics in her squad.
  19. Mrmnms

    Mrmnms Founding Member Gold Contributor

    image.jpeg Double yolk? Strange I got double yolks from some leghorns when the first started laying, but also some of my oldest girls. This was a double yolk.
  20. Jim

    Jim Old Curmudgeon Founding Member

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