duck egg nutrients, compared to chicken eggs


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a harvest morning on the farm last spring; sugar snap peas, spianch, duck eggs....

a harvest morning on the farm last spring; sugar snap peas, spianch, duck eggs....

Compared to Chicken Eggs, the Duck Egg reigns supreme in nutrients. 



Notably, they contain twice as much potassium and Vitamin A, three times as much iron, and five times as much Vitamin B12. They also are higher in these nutrients: protein, calcium, magnesium, phosporus, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, thiamin, niacin, Vitamin B6, folate, and retinol. They also contain twice the amount of monounsaturated fatty acids. Monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) while increasing HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol). 


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Duck eggs have a slightly HIGHER FAT CONTENT and somewhat more cholesterol than chicken eggs. Unless you intend to survive exclusively on eggs, I don’t see this as a nutritional problem. It may, in fact, be offset by the possible health benefits of free-range eggs: at least two studies have found that free-range eggs are significantly higher in omega-3 fatty acids than eggs from birds raised in confinement.


Duck eggs also have more ALBUMEN (the protein in the white) than chicken eggs, which gives them more structure when cooked. For this reason, many people prefer duck eggs for baking: the extra protein creates additional loft in cakes. Some pastry chefs warn against using duck eggs for this reason, but I have not found it to be a problem.


When fried, duck eggs set up firmer than chicken eggs (especially if they are very fresh). Many people call the result “rubbery” and recommend steam-frying them, but I think this is an exaggeration. I have actually grown to prefer the firm texture; the last time I had fried chicken eggs they felt a bit mushy. (The texture is sublime as long as the eggs are not OVER-cooked.)


The SHELLS of duck eggs are thicker than those of chicken eggs with a thicker inner membrane, which makes them harder to crack. I was used to cracking eggs on the flat counter to prevent bits of shell getting into the egg, but I’ve gone back to using the edge of a bowl.

Precious duck eggs, frying gently in olive oil. Note the gorgeous orange yolks, and the double yolker on the left!

Precious duck eggs, frying gently in olive oil. Note the gorgeous orange yolks, and the double yolker on the left!

Comments ( 9 )

  1. Ricki

    They look lovely! Do ducks lay as often as chickens?

  2. admin

    Some breeds of ducks lay better than some breeds of chickens. The eggs are quite different though- MUCH more tasty!

  3. Candace

    I have several different breeds of ducks that lay for me every day throughout the spring and summer and fall. They do slack off a bit in winter. I have pekins, rouens, black swedish, silver appleyards ( which lay huge eggs) runners ( which lay little bitty eggs) and muscovy. I have duck eggs coming out of my ears. They make THE best deviled eggs and my pound cakes are famous around here because of duck eggs. I love them scrambled and hard boiled but am not a fan of them fried.

  4. admin

    I love those duck eggs so----but seriously- you don't like them fried? Try them cooked in olive oil super lightly, with that big fat yolk over easy....amazing, heavenly, I am drooling

  5. Ba4rbara Ward

    We have 9 Muscovy ducks, one drake and seven females. They are about 10 months old. As nearly as I can tell, four of the females are laying, and we are getting five or six eggs every day, absolutely delicious eggs.... I wonder if Muscovy eggs differ from mallard-derived duck breeds, as Muscovies are a different species. They are free range ducks, used in the summer for bug control in our organic-method garden. Amazing, entertaining birds.

  6. Kim Craig

    Hi there, I am so hoping you can help me as I've been on the internet for 3 full days trying to find the information I need, but to no avail. My eyes are sore, my head hurts, I've not had an egg for nearly 2years and I'm desperate. I am intolerant to the proteins in both chicken and chicken eggs (amongst dairy and lots of other foods) with the egg white been worse..........could you please tell me if you know, the name of the actual proteins found in duck eggs? All I seem to find is the grams of protein in both chicken and duck eggs (6g v's 9g)......I need to know if there is a difference and if there is, I could eat duck eggs. Please help Kim

  7. LTD Farmers

    Hi There Kim - So sorry to hear about your troubles finding this particular information. We can't offer any medical advice , but we are going to look into your question and hopefully we'll be able to direct you to the right informational sources! The basics differences that we know of are spelled out in this post.

  8. Tara

    Hello Kim Craig- I do not know if this will help but look for information about gliadin and Lectins. I have a severe allergy to the protein in cow;s milk, nuts, soy, chicken eggs, shell fish and wheat. Pretty much everything :/ I have what is commonly known as Leaky Gut disease. Not a pretty name, but we really don't get to choose what ails us. I either avoid it altogether or suffer through the consequence. I apologize for not having the name of the protein any longer. It's been a while since I cared to research it anymore. If you want to eat eggs again- try Muscovy duck eggs. They are not actually ducks, but their own unique species from Central America. I cannot eat a chicken egg without being in pain or sick for days- but I can eat these without reacting. much or at all. Find a local farmer that sales them and try them out. Your other choice might be more yogurt- with active cultures. If I balance what I eat with a healthy dose of yogurt everyday- I can minimize my reactions- even get away with no reaction at all. The bacteria from yogurt help the stomach and intestines break down the larger protein particles before they enter into your bloodstream. Anyways, I hope you get this (this post itself it almost a year old) and it's somewhat helpful. Tara

  9. FarmerKhaiti

    thank you Tara for sharing your story and further information from your expereinces. Duck eggs overall have different protein than chicken eggs, so a Muscovy duck (who you are right, is not a "real" duck" genetically) or any type of duck lay eggs that your body may be able to absorb and utilize without problems. Plus they are just delicious!!! All the best to you both!

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