Wild Moon Cottage is a small working homestead in the pristine Ozark Mountains. We have dairy goats, poultry, organic herb and vegetable gardens, a start of a tiny fruit orchard, several black walnut trees, wild berries and fields of wildcrafting goodness. We raise our own milk, our own eggs, much of our own medicine and food. I do laundry by hand, make my own vinegar, candles, soap, bread, cheese ........ For a living I am an artist and herbalist. My goal for myself and our homestead is to be as self sufficient and self sustaining as possible.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Eggformation

Several people have written asking about eggs, Duck eggs and green eggs in particular. I'm not a poultry or egg expert at all but here's what I know and have learned over the years.

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Duck eggs are generally a bit larger then chicken eggs, they're a bit richer and higher in protein. Many elder folk used them often (goose eggs too) in any way you would use a chicken egg. My grandmother loved them fried and eaten with toast.

Altho I've had chickens for years, I've only had one other duck before these and she layed huge white eggs which I used in the dog and cat food.

When our current 3 ducks, Lilly, Lola and Lizzie, started laying I wasn't sure whether they were duck or chicken eggs so I used them as chicken eggs and discovered we could tell no difference in taste. Now I use them mainly in baking tho because they give a fine texture to baked goods and we don't get as many. They're also excellent for breakfast Quiche.

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Green eggs are the eggs of Ameracuanas or Aracuanas. If there are other green laying chickens I don't know about them. Ameracuanas and Aracuanas lay green eggs in varying shades from sage green to turquoise and even sometimes sea blue. It depends on the hen and the diet. Just like brown eggs, they can also have speckles and splotches.

Other than color I've found no difference in taste or texture. Our first hens many years ago were Ameracuanas and the wonder and joy of eating green eggs and ham has always been at the top of my egg list.

I've heard other folk say that their green eggs are a lot smaller then their browns but I've not found that to be the case with ours. We have some green layers that lay quite large eggs.

2 comments:

Carol said...

I love duck eggs for baking cakes, gives a much more moist texture. But, the coyotes have eaten all my ducks):
Enjoy today's weather-it's supposed to be the same for OK, but I am in CO with 30 degrees and light snow. >.<

My 16 yr old granddaughter is adding all the graphics on this post -- such a pest!

Jj Starwalker said...

We also had turkeys at one point and the turkey hens laid as well. We used those eggs in cooking as well (they are HUGE) though I don't recall ever frying or scrambling one.

The good thing about the turkey eggs for us -- having a kids -- was that we could let even the toddler collect the turkey eggs, 'cause they are very tough (I have heard that turkeys tend to lay standing up!) and if she dropped one, even if the outer shell cracked, the inner membrane didn't. The day she dropped a hen egg she was inconcolable!