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All about Duck Eggs

Headshot of Lisa - Fresh Eggs Daily Farm GirlWe raise Pekin ducks on our farm here in Virginia, right alongside our chickens.  We have four ducks, Penelope, Sasha, Sonia and Brigid and one drake, Gregory, and collect between 3 and 4 eggs every day, right through the winter. In fact, the ducks out laid our chickens this past winter!

The ducks are a lot of fun to raise, but what we love best about them is their eggs.  I had never eaten a duck egg before our ducks started laying them for us, so I didn't know what to expect.


Turns out, they are pretty similar to chicken eggs.  Of course the duck eggs are larger - about 30% larger to be precise.  Our duck eggs usually weigh in right around 3 ounces, which is considerably heavier than even jumbo chicken eggs. 

size difference 

egg scale

Duck eggs contain slightly less water and more fat which makes them superior for baking.  They make cakes and breads rise better. On the flip side, overcooking them makes them rubbery, so they aren't best used for frying or scrambling, although we do eat them both ways with care taken not to overcook them.  I find the eggs do have a bit stronger 'egg' taste than chicken eggs which makes them stand up better to strong cheese such as Swiss or sharp cheddar, say in an omelet.


I always use our duck eggs in a one-to-one ratio in recipes that call for chicken eggs (I try and use the smallest for baking), but since a large chicken egg contains roughly 3 Tablespoons, you can also lightly whisk the duck eggs and then measure out 3 Tablespoon amounts to equal the number of eggs the recipe calls for.


Duck eggs stay fresher longer than chicken eggs due to having thicker shells.  Their whites are firmer, and ounce for ounce they contain more calcium, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin A, and Vitamin D than chicken eggs. They contain less Vitamin E and about the same amount of protein as a chicken egg, and one duck egg delivers almost a full day's serving of cholesterol.   Neither duck or chicken eggs contain any Vitamin C.  One duck egg contains about 130 calories, half of which are fat calories.

tape measure

Their larger size and thicker shells make blown duck eggs very much coveted among the pysanky crowd to hand paint or otherwise decorate.

basket of eggs

Overall, the large, rich duck eggs make a nice contrast in color, size, taste and composition to our chicken eggs and  I feel blessed to have both provided by our backyard flock.

chicken versus duck

chicken versus duck

david oligny
6/5/2012 3:10:52 PM

Thanks for the info. We currently have one mallard hen who lays an egg every day. We recently bought two more mallard ducklings to keep her company, so we will be getting three eggs a day once they start laying. I am the only one who will eat them in my family. There is one person my wife works with who likes duck eggs. Does anyone know how long they will last in the refrigerator? I hate to see them go to waste. Perhaps I'll check with some shelters or food banks to find out if they can use the eggs.

deana rogers
5/29/2012 11:04:14 AM

go to your home improvement store and ask for Sulpher that you put around your roses. And put that around your chicken area and it will keep snakes away. I have been doing it sense the first year I bought home my baby chicks. It 's been 5 years now and have not had any snakes around. Guineas are good for snake killing as well. They will also eat your ticks and any other bug around. deana

gary cunningham
5/26/2012 4:30:28 AM

Footnotes please?

esther widgren
5/25/2012 10:00:12 PM

Once I get my chicken thang going I may have to consider ducks too! :-)

mindie dittemore
5/25/2012 4:29:17 PM

Wow I never knew all the nutritional info of a duck egg. We my have to get a few!

mickey jones
5/25/2012 3:19:42 PM


mickey jones
5/25/2012 3:11:48 PM

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mickey jones
5/25/2012 3:06:58 PM

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mickey jones
5/25/2012 3:02:24 PM

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lisa -fresh eggs daily farm girl
5/25/2012 2:36:59 PM

Hi there ! Cute ! I love knowing where our food comes from. I hope you are following our facebook page and our blog also.

lisa -fresh eggs daily farm girl
5/25/2012 2:36:31 PM

Hi there ! Yes it is. I hope you are following our facebook page and our blog also.

lisa -fresh eggs daily farm girl
5/25/2012 2:36:08 PM

Hi there ! I agree. I hope you are following our facebook page and our blog also.

lisa -fresh eggs daily farm girl
5/25/2012 2:35:59 PM

Amen to that ! I hope you are following our facebook page and our blog also.

lisa -fresh eggs daily farm girl
5/25/2012 2:35:26 PM

Hi there ! Yes it does. I love raising ducks. I hope you are following our facebook page and our blog also.

lisa -fresh eggs daily farm girl
5/25/2012 2:35:05 PM

Amen to that ! Hi there ! Yes it does. I love raising ducks. I hope you are following our facebook page and our blog also.

lisa -fresh eggs daily farm girl
5/25/2012 2:34:55 PM

Hi there ! Yes it does. I love raising ducks. I hope you are following our facebook page and our blog also.

kathie jones
5/25/2012 2:10:43 PM

Thank you for this! We are in our first year of hens..and ducks! 20 pullets and 2 ducklings are in the back acreage growing into their laying age. I can't wait! We are so enamored of the two Mallard ducks we picked up that we want to make a separate run for them with their own nest boxes and wading pool, and pick our a couple more. I am looking at either Peking or Muscovy. Or perhaps two of each. Poultry keeping quickly becomes addictive!

christy francisco
5/23/2012 11:10:12 AM

What i LUV about living Rural--- Grew up in the city, never thoughtt I'd be where i am today. I love living in a smaller town. i have been raising chickens for about 10 years, mainly for the eggs. Hatched my first batch of baby chicks in April (purely by accident) 11 of them to be exact. The only down side to county life are the snakes and the fact that they eat baby chicks and wait until your out of town to do it. I now have 7 baby chicks. I have approximately 25 mixed breed chickens, including one BIG red rooster, 3 bantam roosters. I'D MUCH RATHER WAKE UP TO A CROWING ROOSTER THAN A TRAIN WHISTLE OR SEMI'S PASSING BY ANY DAY!!! I LUV MY CHICKEN'S.

linda collins
5/23/2012 4:07:25 AM

Posted a comment on Country life/rural life. Did this over 3 hours ago. It shows that I posted when I sign in and click "me" but when I click the link Nothing happens. Anyone else have this problem ?

martha waugh
5/23/2012 3:12:31 AM

What I love most about rural life is being able to have chickens for the first time. It's been such a great experience. And finding your blog has been so helpful.

pamela womack-canon
5/23/2012 1:57:15 AM

My mom always the duck eggs for baking too.

kim royal
5/23/2012 1:56:50 AM

It's hard to pick just one thing I love about rural life, but I have to say the openness - I don't feel claustrophobic like I did living in the city

pamela womack-canon
5/23/2012 1:53:03 AM

What I love about the rural life the most is being able to see the stars at night.

rick workman
5/23/2012 1:52:40 AM

What I love about the rural life is. no neighbors to make mad, because your chickens are crowing at 5am. It is very peaceful.

pamela womack
5/23/2012 1:48:06 AM

What I love about rural life is being able to see the stars at night.

jules honeycutt capozella
5/23/2012 1:40:26 AM

I love rural life when each day my boys come home from school their favorite thing to do is see how many eggs were layed that day. It has become a contest each day to collect and count. When we cook the eggs they ask for us to cook certain eggs by the name of the Hen.

lisa -fresh eggs daily farm girl
5/23/2012 1:19:33 AM

Thank you for reading ! Leave a comment below - one thing you love about rural life - to win a Grit tote bag and ball cap.

laura otte
5/23/2012 12:30:51 AM

What I love about country living is raising my three beautiful children here. They appreciate how they get their food on the table. We have Ayrshire dairy cows, chickens, and two pigs. Plus our sweet dog Sadie and two cats Luke and Jack