The popular trend the past few years is to have a few chickens in your backyard for egg production. And don’t get me wrong, I love our girls!!! Everyone knows fresh eggs are better then store bought in nutrition and taste. But what about ducks? Most folks think chicken when they think egg, but maybe it is time to consider the duck. The duck? Really?!?! Yup!
When folks ask which type of egg is healthier it is hard to answer that question…. While duck eggs are higher in cholesterol, they are also higher in protein, vitamins, minerals, and omegas. Due to their thicker shell, duck eggs stay fresher longer. Duck eggs are also better for baking! Duck eggs are richer, with more albumen, which makes cakes and other baked goods fluffier. And did you know that some people who cannot eat chicken eggs, due to allergies, can often eat duck eggs!
But what about the taste? Duck eggs are creamier and richer in taste. The strength of the flavor (as with chickens) depends on their diet. But honestly, to me, overall, there is not much difference in taste. I know gourmet chefs everywhere just did a collective groan, but that is my opinion. As for cooking with duck eggs, I already told you they were great for baking, but they can be scrambled and fried too. Because duck eggs have a lower water content then a chicken egg, you need to watch them closer and not scramble them as much to avoid the so called rubber effect.
While I know most folks can not find duck eggs at their super market, you can at a farmer’s market. You will pay a premium for duck eggs as they are not a main stream item. I have seen a dozen duck eggs run over $6 around my neck of the woods. So why not add a duck or two to your backyard flock? Not only are their eggs amazing but they really are great backyard additions.
Four more reasons to consider ducks!
1.) Ducks are less destructive then chickens when it comes to your yard. While ducks will trample things (like all our corn plants in our garden last year) with their big old webbed feet, they do not scratch like chickens. Ducks will not create barren wallows in your yard like chickens, as they do not take dust baths. They are also just as good if not better at pest control then chickens. Chickens are picky pest eaters at times where ducks will slurp up grubs, slugs, spiders, and much to the oldest country kid’s dismay, even frogs!
2.) Ducks are more temperature tolerant. While certain breeds of chickens do better in warmer or colder climates, ducks are hardy at both end of the spectrum. Their extra layer of fat and downy coats protect them in the winter, while their love of water makes it easier to cool off in the summer.
3.) While chickens have a very strict peeking order, that can sometimes turn down right aggressive, ducks are more laid back. While adding new member to a chicken flock can cause major upheaval in the peeking order, ducks accept new members to a flock much quicker and with a lot less drama.
4.) Ducks make less noise then chickens. Chickens talk, a lot, about everything, from bugs, to this is my favorite stump to site on. Not to mention when they sing their egg song when they lay, EVERYONE knows. There is a reason that chatty women are likened to a bunch of old hens! While female ducks tend to be more vocal then males, they usually keep the louder vocalizations for when they are excited (like finding a frog!)
Why not consider adding a few of these comical critters to your backyard for egg production!