Pros and Cons of Eating Duck Eggs vs Chicken Eggs



Chicken eggs are the most consumed eggs all around the world. It's good, it's healthy, it's easy. But some people, out of curiosity or nutritional reason, might be interested in trying some other type of eggs, like duck eggs. Switching to duck eggs can give your boring breakfast routine a refreshing change. Plus, duck eggs are more versatile than you realize at first glance.

Following is a look at the pros and cons of eating duck eggs vs the more conventional chicken eggs.

How Do Duck Eggs Compare to Chicken Eggs?

Duck eggs are just as safe to eat as chicken eggs. The USDA has the exact same standards and regulations in place for duck eggs as it does for all poultry such as chicken, quail, ostrich, etc. While the egg itself is larger than a chicken egg, the yolk inside is also larger in proportion to the white part of the egg. Duck eggs also have more calories and nutrition per gram compared to chicken eggs, but less than quail and goose eggs. Read this article to learn more about how duck eggs compare to other eggs.

Another curious question that most people want to be answered is how does the taste compare? Well, depending on the diet, duck eggs taste similar to chicken eggs, only richer. While the tastes are similar, there are some subtle and some not so subtle differences between duck and chicken eggs.

Pros of Choosing Duck Eggs Over Chicken Eggs

Duck eggs have a thicker shell. This tends to give duck eggs a longer shelf-life than chicken eggs.

7/30/2020 12:07:41 PM

Well now I know why I CAN NOT whip duck eggs whites to firm! They are also a bear to separate!!!!

3/18/2020 7:12:06 AM

I've been working in a dozen or so a week pasture raised duck eggs into our pantry. Its working out great! The subtle taste difference is a refreshing addition. The nutrition profile is tremendous too.

1/27/2020 12:13:10 PM

Great info. My friend just gave me a dozen eggs yesterday and I’m trying to figure out what to do with them. Thank you!

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