We raise Ducks for Eggs. Yes. You can eat duck eggs. They are delicious.
I did not know you could eat duck eggs. The thought had never even crossed my mind. Tim hates chickens (don't ask), so in 2010 we started buying fresh eggs from my sister's best friend Camden. Camden brought us a rainbow of eggs every week. We loved them. However there were always a few extra large eggs with a slightly pointer shape that were exceptionally tasty.
They were our favorite eggs and we ate them first.
Tim like them so much that he reluctantly admitted that he might be amenable to a few chickens if we could get the breed that made those eggs.
I asked Camden. She avoided answering. She conveniently kept forgetting to ask her mom. Finally, after weeks, she confessed. They were duck eggs.
People used to commonly eat both duck and chicken eggs. There are even laying duck breeds that lay more eggs in a year than most chickens! Chickens are easier to keep in batteries for egg production and the flavor of the egg is less strongly influence by the quality of their feed, hence with the advent of grocery stores as the primary source of eggs, chicken eggs ruled the roost.
Pros of duck eggs vs. chicken eggs
Cons of duck eggs vs. chicken eggs.
Pros of Ducks:
Cons of Ducks:
- Female ducks quack. Some quack loudly. We now have Welsh Harlequins which are rumored to be calmer and quieter.. so far they are.
- Ducks will play and 'drill' in the mud like it's their job. If they have a permanent pond surrounded by dirt.. it will be very messy. I have a small stock tank that I rotate around the yard and usually place on bricks or on a concrete patio. The stock tank on grass is ok for a couple days as well.
- Ducks 'spit' dirt into their water, making their water dirty about 10 min after you refill it. I just give them fresh water once a day. Alternatively you can use poultry waterer. They don't actually need to swim, but they do really enjoy it.
- Ducks are easy to catch and kill. Dogs love them. For this reason we have a dog-proof fence and a small shelter/pen that can be closed for the night to keep them safe and to keep them from quacking at every person or animal that walks close to our house at night.
It is legal in the City of Wichita Falls to keep Ducks or Hens (no roosters) in your backyard. Their enclosure must be at least 50 feet from the nearest inhabited building, preferably 75 feet. I was told it is ok for them to roam closer to your neighbors during the day as long as they are not a nuisance. You are also required to control flies and odor. In general Wichita Falls, has a very permissive policy on animals. This is one benefit to living in rural Texas. Here is the link to the municipal code.