A Few Fun Facts About Duck Eggs

Who here has ever baked or cooked anything using duck eggs?

Before a few weeks ago, I would not have been able to raise my hand to that question.

In fact, before a few weeks ago, I don’t think I had ever even held a duck egg in my hands.

duck trio

A few weeks ago, while visiting my family’s Maryland farm, my mom introduced me to its newest residents.

I have to say, this trio of featured friends was a bit skittish.

Every time, I tried to get close to get that “perfect” picture, the three would race away from me as fast as they could in the opposite direction.

duck family

I was able to corner them between myself and the fence for a few shots but somehow, I expected them to be a lot more cooperative.

If you ever expect ducks to stand, smile and pose for a shot… I think you’ll be out of luck.

They are cute though.

duck egg versus chicken egg

After meeting the shy trio on the farm, I decided to take a closer look at duck eggs to see how they quacked-up… ahem, I mean stacked up against the more familiar chicken eggs.

First of all, (and probably the most obvious contrast), duck eggs are much larger, heavier, longer and more oval in shape than chicken eggs.

When it comes to color duck eggs are more like chicken eggs and can range in hue from white, to light green and blue to shades of brown.

duck egg whites

The duck yolk is about twice as large as the chicken yolk and the duck yolk also has a much deeper yellow/orange color compared to chicken yolks.

When it comes to the egg whites, the duck egg whites are super thick and far more slow-moving.

My son, Jordy (and trusty blog assistant) cracked this duck egg for me and I was expecting the contents to drop swiftly into the bowl.

The egg white seemed like it was in suspended animation. Yeah, it’s that thick.

duck egg shell

I’m not sure if you can really tell from this shot but I wanted you to see the thickness of the duck egg shell.

While the chicken egg shell seems more like the width of a couple of sheets of paper, the duck shell is more like ten sheets.

Duck egg shells are also thicker and harder to break than a chicken egg.  You may even have to whack a duck egg more than once to crack it.

Once it is cracked, you’ll also notice how soft the interior is with a texture that resembles soft fleece.

That softness surprised me.

duck and chicken egg whites

The other big difference I noticed between duck eggs and chicken eggs has to do with the color of the egg whites.

Duck egg whites truly are more clear and appear translucent compared to chicken egg whites which have a heavier yellow tint.

The duck egg white on the right looks more like water, doesn’t it?

duck eggs in hand

Meanwhile, I’ve read that since duck eggs have far more protein than chicken eggs, they whip up much richer and loftier than chicken eggs and that will mean a much fluffier cake.

I’ve already got a few cakes in mind that have these eggs’ name on them.

So, those are my handful of fun facts about duck eggs.  If you have any, please share them.

Quack-quack.

 Thanks for stopping by.

See  you back here next time. 

  • Vicki

    Quacked me up. Thanks for the post and your beautiful attention to detail.

  • Darlene

    Egg-scellent photography and information. (sorry about the pun, I can’t seem to help myself). Love your blog and with a few moments to spare, I’m going to hunt up some of your past entries that have always inspired me.

  • Barbara F.

    Thanks for the interesting lesson on duck eggs! I’m also,wondering about the taste.
    I agree with others about your awesome photography! And, I enjoyed seeing the ducks who provided the eggs, shyness and all. 🙂

  • Jeanne

    Stunning photos, Lisa. Are duck eggs “gamey” tasting? Can’t wait to see your ducky cakes…I don’t know how they’ll taste, but I’m certain they will look magnificent. 🙂

  • Peggy Zortman

    I come here to see your photography and you never fail to amaze. Duck eggs, hmmmm. Can’t wait to see the cakes!

  • jae

    Beautiful pnotography, as usual! I too am curious if there is much difference in the taste between duck and chicken eggs, and how one would adjust recipes requirements for the size and protein difference. Hoping you will share more info as you cook with them. Thanks for another lovely post.

  • dana

    That’s pretty cool! Thanks Lisa!

  • [email protected] Designs

    So very interesting Lisa…and of course the photographs are amazing!….How would you compare the taste? Do you like the taste of the Duck eggs better? They sure sound healthier!

  • Fran Gospodarek

    Lisa, your blog is exceptional. Not only is it pleasing to the eye but also educational. I can tell you have much pride in producing it!

  • Sherry

    What a delightful post the day after Easter. I enjoyed the facts. Your photography is brilliant as usual. And your assistant added to the effectiveness. Thank you. I always look forward to your creativity.

  • Sonia Keiner

    Great shots! I especially love the macro with the black background 🙂

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