All about Duck Eggs

| 5/22/2012 8:08:04 AM

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

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?

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