Duck Eggs vs. Chicken Eggs: 4 Reasons Why I Prefer Duck Eggs

Duck Eggs vs. Chicken Eggs: 4 Reasons Why I Prefer Duck Eggs

There’s a certain charm to raising backyard poultry, it’s an alluring hobby that yields farm fresh eggs and a fairly consistent food source. Today, chickens seem to be the preferred backyard poultry choice and actually quite mainstream for backyard flocks. Ducks are also an excellent choice, especially if you’re raising them for egg production.



Over a year ago, we started our backyard flock consisting solely of ducks. Since ducks seem to be a little more unconventional, we get a lot of questions about raising ducks and the eggs they produce. Most frequently, we’re asked:



What do they taste like? A rich, nutrient-dense chicken egg!
How do you cook them? The same way I cook chicken eggs – fried, scrambled, or baked (duck egg Quiché is a must!)
Are they bigger than chicken eggs? Yes, about 30% larger.



There’s naturally a lot of curiosity from family, friends and neighbors about the differences between the two types of eggs. If you’re curious to know why we’ve made the transition from chicken eggs, here are four reasons why duck eggs reign in this household!


The bigger, the better – right?! As a breakfast-loving girl, I prefer to start my day with a large, protein-packed meal. Prior to raising our own laying ducks, I would use four store-bought, jumbo chicken eggs each morning for my breakfast alone. One of my favorite attributes of the duck egg is the sheer size of the egg – it’s about 30% larger than the chicken egg. With a much larger yolk and a greater yolk-to-white ratio in comparison to a chicken egg, duck eggs are massive and incredibly nutrient-dense. Now, my hearty breakfast only requires one (sometimes two) eggs!


Duck eggs have all the goods… nutritionally-speaking. With higher levels of Omega 3, fatty acids and protein – duck eggs are nutritionally superior to their chicken counterpart. Duck eggs are chalk-full of essential vitamins and minerals, including: niacin, vitamin B12, vitamins A and D, iron and folate (especially if they’re pasture-raised or free-range). In comparison, duck eggs have more essential vitamins, healthy fats and vitamins (and a longer shelf-life!).


This is a biggie. I get questions weekly about how duck eggs taste, their flavor, and whether it’s similar to that of chicken eggs. To answer those questions, YES! Duck eggs taste very similar to chicken eggs, but a little more rich. As mentioned before, duck eggs have a larger yolk and a greater yolk-to-white ratio, so you guessed it… they’re more yolky. Duck eggs are also higher in protein and lower in water-content, making them GREAT for baking – think tasty, fluffy, and rich baked creations! Initially, you’ll notice a subtle difference in taste and a slightly different consistency between the two. But, overall they taste the same – duck eggs just have a little more flavor!

Consistent and Versatile

Ducks are very hearty animals and unlike chickens, they often keep laying year-round (even during the winter). Their consistency in laying is what allows us to have fresh eggs every day for our favorite dishes and recipes. Oh, and there’s no single way to make duck eggs! They have the same versatility as chicken eggs and can be used for so many of our staple dishes.


My two-cents, don’t hesitate to sub those chicken eggs for ducks eggs! They’re different (in a good way!) and have so many nutritional benefits.

Do you have any questions about the differences between duck and chicken eggs? I’d love to help answer them.

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