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Difference Between Chicken Eggs and Duck Eggs

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Eggs are one of the healthiest foods on the planet. They’re fairly easy to obtain and inexpensive. And there are other eggs besides the common chicken egg. Quail, turkey, duck, and goose eggs can also be eaten. Cooking with duck eggs has been around for a while, especially in Asian markets. Perhaps you’ve seen them at specialty markets or on a restaurant menu. The following is the difference between chicken eggs and duck eggs.

quail eggs with dark brown chicken eggs and white chicken eggs in a bowl
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Most Apparent Difference Between Chicken Eggs and Duck Eggs: Appearance

  • Size of the egg
person holding mallard duck and black chicken outside
Aizawa, our Mallard, with Sunshine, our last Black Sex-link hen.

The size of duck eggs can be 50-100% larger than the average chicken egg. However it also depends on the duck. Some ducks, like our Mallard, are smaller than your typical chicken. And so their eggs will tend to be smaller than the average chicken egg.

  • Color of the eggshell
4 different colored and sized eggs
The 2 eggs on the left side are duck eggs, while the 2 on the right are chicken eggs. Pekin ducks lay large creamy white eggs, and Mallards lay smaller greenish blue eggs. At least ours do.

Just like with chickens, the color of a duck eggshell depends on the breed, diet, environment, and genes. And eggshells can be pale gray, creamy white, green, black, or blue.

  • Size and color of egg yolk
3 egg yolks in 3 separate bowls
The dark orange on the bottom right is from a chicken. The egg in top center is from the Mallard, and the bottom left is from a Pekin. Notice how the chicken egg has more white than the duck eggs.

Duck egg yolks are also different in size and color. Chicken egg yolks can be yellow, yellow orange if the chicken is pasture-raised, while duck egg yolk can be a deeper shade of golden orange. In addition, the yolk tends to be bigger than chicken egg yolk.

Second Difference Between Chicken Eggs and Duck Eggs: Taste

  • Creamy taste

For the most part, chicken and duck eggs taste similar, but duck eggs are creamier.

  • Intense flavor

In addition to the creamy taste, people who eat duck eggs think their flavor is richer than chicken eggs.

Third Difference Between Chicken and Duck Eggs: Nutrition

  • More nutrients
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Duck eggs have more fat, protein, and cholesterol than chicken eggs. Furthermore, they also contain more vitamins, particularly vitamin B12, which is important for red blood cell formation, DNA, and cell metabolism.

And according to Livestrong and Mayo Clinic, the cholesterol in eggs isn’t the same as bad cholesterol in our bodies. However, people with diabetes could be at risk for heart disease. (Though experts don’t know yet the connection between diabetes, eggs, and heart disease.)

Fourth Difference Between Chicken Eggs and Duck Eggs: Extra info

  • Availability
food display in the market
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Chicken eggs are generally easier to obtain: at the grocery store, farmer’s markets, or from your neighbor, whereas duck eggs aren’t mainstream. Although they are gaining popularity with backyard bird enthusiasts.

  • Cost
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Due to the fact that duck eggs can be difficult to find, that tends to drive up the price. However, chicken eggs, where I live, are about $2-3 a dozen at the store.

  • Allergies
broken eggs on frying pan in kitchen
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Some people can be allergic to chicken eggs, but not to duck eggs. Or vice versa. And that’s because the proteins in both are similar but not exact. Therefore, if you have a known allergy to chicken eggs, it’s recommended to talk to your healthcare professional before trying duck eggs.

So, the next time you’re out grocery shopping, and assuming you don’t have an egg allergy, why not give duck eggs a try?

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By KS

I breed pure Black Ameraucana chickens and Easter Eggers that are Black Ameraucana mixed with either Cuckoo Maran or Barred Rock. And I donate eggs to people or organizations in need.

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