Duck Eggs Vs. Chicken Eggs


Eggs have often been praised and villified as a food choice to be included in the average daily diet. The truth is that most healthy people can include eggs in their meals without experiencing any adverse effects. However, most people are unaware that eating duck eggs rather than chicken eggs is a much healthier choice for the following reasons:

1) Duck eggs have the same taste as chicken eggs but have a much creamier, orange yolk consistency.

2)Unlike chicken eggs, duck eggs have a high alkaline content and are noted as an anti-cancer food. This is a plus for cancer patients since cancer cells cannot multiply in an alkaline environment.

3)Duck eggs stay fresher longer due to their thicker shell and have twice the nutritional value of a chicken egg. When refrigerated they can be kept a maximum of six weeks!

4) Duck eggs contain more albumen that make pastries and cakes rise higher with a fluffier texture.

5)Duck eggs have more Omega-3 fatty acids which is thought to promote healthy skin and better brain function.

6)Another benefit of eating duck eggs is that most people who have allergic reactions to chicken eggs are able to eat these eggs without reactions.

7) Duck eggs have a higher amount of vitamins, such as folate, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin D, vitamin E, Vitamin K2 and retinol. They also have a higher protein content and will provide about 185 KCal of energy compared to chicken eggs.

8) Duck eggs contain slightly higher amounts of selenium, manganese, zinc, copper, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, calcium and iron.

9)The large size of the duck egg allows consumers to get more yolk for their money.

10)For people who engage in regular exercise, duck eggs provide the required fat in their diet for energy.

11)Duck eggs contain more amounts of essential amino acids including: proline, serine, threonine, trytophan, tyrosine valine, alanine, arginine,aspartic acid, cystine, glycine, histidine, isoleucine,leucine,lysine, methionine, and phenylalanine.

Although duck eggs contain 884 mg of cholesterol, they are the better diet choice when consumed sensibly. Duck eggs render a fuller flavor and have a mono unsaturated fat content that is about 50% more than chicken eggs. With moderate daily exercise, the fat content from duck eggs can also aid the body’s natural ability to process fat into much needed energy.

With Hatch Guarantee!


Many schools and clubs order fertile duck eggs to teach children how ducks hatch and grow. We sell these packages with a pamphlet on how to incubate and hatch those eggs. Great fun and a great education for school kids.

Pekin ducks are the most common type of duck and are found all over North America. When you think of cute little yellow duck chicks, that’s what a Pekin looks like. They’re very hardy and the easiest to hatch.

If you have questions about incubators, or you need a new incubator, Please email us. We carry the finest small incubator available for home, hobby, or school hatching projects (at this time, only available by phone order).

Fresh duck eggs for eating or hatching!


At, Fresh duck eggs are available year round. Many people like them for baking and pastries. Many of those allergic to chicken eggs can often use duck eggs instead. Of course, if you have severe egg allergies, we suggest you consult your physician before using duck eggs.

We ship high quality, farm fresh duck eggs anywhere in the Continental US via Priority Post Mail (Yes, we actually ship eggs safely all the time!). Our specially designed packaging reduces breakage and we guarantee that you’ll receive your eggs in good shape. All eggs are medium size.

We take pride in our products and are one of the best online sources, providing fertile duck eggs and duck eggs for eating all year-round.

We offer two minimum-order, all-inclusive packages. Package One includes 18 fresh eggs for eating and Package Two includes 9 fertile hatching duck eggs for school science projects, etc…

The cost for either package is $54.00 (all inclusive – no extra shipping fees). Allow about 5 – 7 days for shipping to the east coast and less in the western states. Don’t worry, the eggs are picked and shipped fresh from the nest. We rarely have trouble with duck eggs spoiling en-route. Fresh duck eggs keep for about 2 weeks if kept cool and for about 6 weeks once refrigerated. Fertile hatching eggs are fine for about 10 days and of course should be placed in an incubator as soon as possible once received.

Many schools and clubs order fertile duck eggs to teach children how ducks hatch and grow. We sell these packages with a pamphlet on how to incubate and hatch those eggs. Great fun and a great education for school kids.

Pekin ducks are the most common type of duck and are found all over North America. When you think of cute little yellow duck chicks, that’s what a Pekin looks like. They’re very hardy and the easiest to hatch.

Hatching Duck Eggs


You can candle your eggs after seven days of incubation. This involves touching a small bright flashlight to the top of each egg and observing the growth and progress of the egg. If you find your fertility is less than 70% of the eggs that you bought, you may contact us within 14 days of the shipping date. If you contact us within that period of time, we will refund or credit you for any infertile eggs. Once that period of time has passed, we cannot offer a credit for fertility.

Many people want to help their ducklings hatch. It is best to allow them to do the hatching themselves. The only time you want to help them is when they make a hole and then cannot progress because they are stuck in that spot. If an actual hole is made, and you can see the duckling, but no progress is made for 12 hours, you can gingerly help the duckling. If blood appears where you break pieces off the shell, stop and wait several hours. If the duckling gets stuck after it has started to break a circle around the egg, it can usually be helped without a problem. But if they are progressing on their own, let them be.

Duck Egg Quality


Below is an excerpt from the USDA web site about the USDA Shelled Egg Grading Service.

The USDA’s grading service is voluntary; egg packers who request it, pay for it…

What Are Egg Grades?
There are three consumer grades for eggs: U.S. Grade AA, A, and B. The grade is determined by the interior quality of the egg and the appearance and condition of the egg shell. Eggs of any quality grade may differ in weight (size).

U.S. Grade AA eggs have whites that are thick and firm; yolks that are high, round, and practically free from defects; and clean, unbroken shells. Grade AA and Grade A eggs are best for frying and poaching where appearance is important, and for any other purpose.

U.S. Grade A eggs have characteristics of Grade AA eggs except that the whites are “reasonably” firm. This is the quality most often sold in stores.

U.S. Grade B eggs have whites that may be thinner and yolks that may be wider and flatter than eggs of higher grades. The shells must be unbroken, but may show slight stains. This quality is seldom found in retail stores because they are usually used to make liquid, frozen, and dried egg products…

As an egg ages, the white becomes thinner and the yolk becomes flatter.

Very few duck farmers (we know of none) actually go through or pay for the USDA grading process. The reason for this is that duck farmers do not have the mass production of typical large scale chicken farms. The good news is that our duck eggs are fresher than most eggs you’ll ever find in a store. You’re getting them directly from the farm. Our animals are treated well and all accepted sanitary procedures are followed.

Caring for Your Ducklings After They Hatch

Keep them warm and to feed them as follows…

Small ducks need warmth (they can’t supply it themselves). You need to buy or make a “brooder” for their warmth and protection.

To make one yourself, get a big box and hang a light bulb in there that is close enough to give off some heat but not so close that the little guy can get burnt. Don’t let him touch it. The box should be big enough so that the little guy can move closer to the heat when he is warm and move away from the heat when he is too hot. He’ll find his own comfort level. Always be careful about placing lights and electrical wires safe and secure to prevent fires.

The best “bedding” is an old bath towel. Don’t use hay or straw. It just sticks to them and is harder to clean. Don’t use newspaper either as they tend to be unable to get their footing and sometimes this causes “splayed legs” (Good footing when they are small helps their legs to develop more properly).

Since ducklings hatched in captivity are separated from their natural mom, they should not be placed in water for too long at all and especially without constant supervision. Instinctually they love playing in the water, but since their oil glands are not able to produce enough oil to keep them afloat they’ll drown easily. In nature baby ducklings get their water resistant oils from their moms until they are five or six weeks old and their own oil glands begin to function. The bottom line is that baby ducks love to swim but without mom around are vulnerable to drowning and chills. They don’t need to swim to survive at all.

At the same time, baby ducklings do need lots of water with their food as they must have water to swallow. Due to the issues in the previous paragraph, you must devise a way for them to drink lots of water without diving into their drinking water. They can drown in that too. The best method I’ve ever seen is to cut a small hole in the side of a plastic milk carton that is big enough for them to put their head into but make the hole too small for them to jump through it. Then fill it with water just up to that hole. You’ll have to change the water often as they will dirty it up daily (with food). You may have to teach them how to find the water in the beginning by pushing their heads in their a few times but once they figure it out, they will go back and forth between their food and water constantly. Once they start eating it seems like they never stop.

Regarding feed… go to a local feed store and ask for “unmedicated chicken mash”. Basically this is mashed up chicken feed. It is important to ask for “unmedicated” brands as ducklings eat a lot more than chicks and will poison themselves on the medicated brands. They don’t need the medication like chicks do. They actually can be quite hardy once they begin growing up.

Lastly, remember that you are your duckling’s protector. The most common cause of death in pet ducklings (and ducks for that matter) is an attack by a predator. Ducklings have no real defense mechanism and are vulnerable to pet dogs or cats or a stray neighborhood pet. You need to be conscious of any animals around their environment and keen to provide protection. It only takes a few seconds for a playful larger animal or predator to kill your ducklings.