We have both ducks and chickens on our farm…and they both lay eggs. Eggs that you can eat and enjoy! Most people don’t realize that duck eggs are excellent for eating. They are so different from chicken eggs, yet very similar. We want to walk you through the differences and highlight benefits of both egg choices.
First, let’s point out the visible differences. The egg on the left is from one of our Khaki Campbell ducks while the egg on the right is from one of our standard free range chickens. As you can see, the size of the eggs are quite different.
That goes along with their yolks as well. Again, the duck egg yolk is pictured on the left , while the chicken egg yolk is on the right. You can clearly see that the duck egg has a larger yolk.
Both of our flocks feast on a diet of fresh greens and bugs that they find while foraging and are supplemented with non-medicated, non-soy, and non-GMO feed. We keep their diet as balanced and fresh as possible.
Now, let’s discuss the differences of each type of egg, starting with the chicken eggs.
Chicken eggs are, of course, the most common type of egg eaten in America. We poach, scramble, bake, and cook with them. They are filled with protein and fresh eggs have a delicious creamy flavor. The nutrition of a chicken egg is similar to that of a duck’s but the duck eggs tend to be higher in nutritional value; yielding a higher fat content and more protein. Chicken eggs are so common in our marketplace that they are always readily available in the grocery store and in everyone’s pantry.
Duck eggs have a very thick shell which allows them to stay fresh for longer periods of time. Another benefit of duck eggs is that people who are allergic to chicken eggs can often tolerate duck eggs without any problems (always consult your doctor before making a diet change concerning allergies). That allows individuals with allergies to still be able to consume healthy proteins in their diet in egg form. Which brings us to our next point: duck eggs have more Omega 3 fatty acids than chicken eggs. Most of us know that you can find Omega 3 fatty acids in fish and it’s some of the best fatty acids for you. Omega 3 fatty acids cannot be synthesized by the body, therefore you need to obtain these acids through your diet.
Higher protein, healthy fat content, and a richer flavor could be reasons for you to give duck eggs a try. But, if you don’t prefer the taste to chicken eggs, at some point, you may have heard someone say that duck eggs are fabulous for baking. And they are! Duck eggs have more of something called albumen, which makes cakes and other baked goods fluffier. Many chefs cook and bake with duck eggs as opposed to chicken eggs.
So, there you have it – the difference between duck eggs and chicken eggs.