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!
|Yummy pound cake made with duck eggs|
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.
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!)
So why not consider adding a few of these comical critters to your backyard egg production!
**Homestead Tips on Tuesday is a weekly series where we help you learn skills, tips, and trick to help you on your journey of homesteading. Many places post list of things you should/could do as far as homesteading skill, but I feel lists are at times overwhelming and can make people give up before they even start. So every Tuesday I share one thing for you to try or consider. I hope you join us every Tuesday and I would love to hear about your adventures with each weeks topic.**