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8 Kinds of Bird Eggs You Can Eat

By Lexi from Ready Store
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Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods in the world. They contain proteins, vitamins, and fats that we need to stay healthy. We most commonly think of chicken eggs as being edible and it is the main egg we eat in our diet. However, there are many other types of edible bird eggs with varying nutrition and taste.

Chicken Eggs

Chicken eggs are the most common type of egg that we eat. They are fairly mild as far as taste goes and they have many vitamins and nutrients. Store bought chicken eggs are typically white, but chicken eggs have various different colored shells, such as brown or green, depending on the breed of chicken.

8 Kinds of Bird Eggs you Can Eat

Duck Eggs

Duck eggs are very similar to chicken eggs, with a slightly larger yolk. The taste is more rich and smooth and contains more fat and protein than a chicken egg. Duck eggs have a thicker shell that allows them to stay fresh for a longer amount of time.

8 Kinds of Bird Eggs you Can Eat

Turkey Eggs

Turkey eggs are similar to duck eggs in size and taste. The egg has a thicker yolk and egg white, giving it a creamier taste and consistency. Some people prefer turkey eggs for cooking pastries because of the richer flavor. Turkey eggs are hard to find in stores because most farmers get more value from raising the bird rather than selling the egg.

8 Kinds of Bird Eggs you Can Eat

Goose Eggs

Goose eggs are about double in size to a chicken egg. They also have a heavier, more dense taste with greater protein content. The shells are thick and take more force to crack open. Goose eggs are much rarer than chicken or duck eggs because geese only lay about 40 eggs a year.

8 Kinds of Bird Eggs you Can Eat

Quail Eggs

These eggs are tiny and delicate, with a flavor to match. The taste of a quail egg is lighter than most eggs and its nutritional contents are similar to those of chicken eggs. However, you would need to eat multiple quail eggs to match the same nutrition as a chicken egg. These tiny eggs are considered a delicacy in many countries and have even been used in healing remedies.

8 Kinds of Bird Eggs you Can Eat

Pheasant Eggs

Pheasant eggs are similar in size to a duck egg, making them slightly larger than a chicken. The taste is light and less rich, like a quail egg. However, they have a more gamey taste because it is a more gamey bird.

8 Kinds of Bird Eggs you Can Eat

Ostrich Eggs

Weighing in at around 3 lbs, this is the largest of bird eggs. This is 20 times greater than a chicken egg! The shells have a creamy color and are extremely thick and hard to crack. If you do manage to get one open, you’ll find that each egg is packed with 2,000 calories. However, it has similar nutrients and runny yolk of a chicken egg.

8 Kinds of Bird Eggs you Can Eat

Emu Eggs

Emu eggs weigh in less than an ostrich egg at about 2 lbs. These eggs have a dark shell that is usually black in color and speckled with a deep green. Emu eggs are one of the richest tasting eggs. The yolk is like silly putty and the egg white is like glue. When you cut into it, nothing will ooze out.

8 Kinds of Bird Eggs you Can Eat

We’ve all tasted chicken eggs, but there are so many other kinds of eggs out there that vary in size, taste and look. Eggs have many important nutrients that are essential for our health. Mix it up from time to time with a different egg for an entirely renewed egg experience.

What kinds of eggs have you tried?

6 years ago
Comments
Northwoods Cheryl
6 years ago at 7:16 AM
I have to say I agree completely with Tom Ozminkowski. I have had many many breeds of chickens over the years, as well as several ducks, geese and turkeys. I used to raise Emus. They all have their up and down sides to using the eggs. But, chicken eggs, being the most commonly used, are most familiar. I have noticed differences in flavors of the eggs just going from season to season. Because the things the chickens eat are differing.. different weeds, bugs, etc. Want to make your chicken eggs more rich in Omega-3's? Just add a lot of flax seed to their diets. That's how the farms selling those expensive ones do it.. It's a matter of the feed.
Katie
6 years ago at 7:45 AM
Thank you for the information! I only needed to know about taste...not the facts behind what chickens eat. :)
Patty
6 years ago at 9:28 AM
I get duck eggs from a farmers market. They are creamy and delicious. The egg white is a little rubbery if cooked well done but if not well done it gets runny spots. The yolk stays very round as if over stuffed and not sprawled like chicken egg. I prefer to hard boil for 15 minutes so the yolk is creamy consistency. They cost about 10 bucks a dozen which is expensive but worth it especially if you use them in brownies or cake. I get less hungry when I eat them. If I eat one per meal I can make it all day with a total of 3 eggs and 3 slices of bread. Maybe it's psychological. I love them.
Veronica Leigh
1 year ago at 7:16 PM
Maaaan. You’re getting waxed for those. I’m only paying 3.50!!!
Susan Leslie
6 years ago at 11:35 AM
The eggs of ALL non-game birds are illegal to take. Eagles and some hawks are protected not only by category but by specific species. In some states game bird eggs, like pheasant, are protected in the wild. You have to get eggs from a farm w a permit. TMI? Some people still think raptors are fair game
Scott
6 years ago at 3:38 PM
I guess my thinking is a bit more along the lines of being in a survival situations. So my question is, are there eggs that a person should not eat?
D
6 years ago at 9:01 PM
To answer Scott A bird egg is a bird egg. In a survival situation, as long as you are sure it is a bird egg, and fresh, it can be cooked and eaten. As has been noted, some birds and their eggs are protected by silly laws made by silly"law makers". So, when telling your story of your survival adventure, best not admit to using any eggs. Eggs can be eaten raw, Japanese do so often, but in the wild I think that could be unwise, but just my personal opinion.
Beano
6 years ago at 2:00 AM
Eat only eggs from clean birds.
Christine
6 years ago at 9:04 AM
We used to raise ostriches. Our silly girls would lay eggs in the winter but much fewer so it wasn't cost effective to incubate and hatch them. So, we ate them. One egg was approximately the same as a dozen large chicken eggs. We would use one to make a Spanish tortilla with potatoes or a Persian kuku (similar to the potato tortilla but with a variety of greens). It had a lighter texture in these dishes than the chicken eggs and were just as tasty.
Ric Cole
6 years ago at 11:03 AM
No one mentioned dove eggs. My wife has a dove cote and I gather dove eggs to keep the population down and they make a fair omlet but it takes a few. Not bad. Little different taste than chicken eggs but o.k.
Julie
6 years ago at 6:20 PM
The emu egg was mentioned. It was said that it is the texture of silly puddy. But it didn't mention anything about the taste.
Jay
6 years ago at 4:20 PM
Zombie apocalypse starts by Preppers eating pigeon eggs.
Dennis
5 years ago at 7:01 PM
I have a pet Turkey and she lays about 5 eggs a week during the summer, not so much during this winter. Sometimes she is OK with me rubbing her knobby head and other times not so much, but her eggs are great to eat. My only problem is I have one pet Turkey and my friends that I give eggs away to keep asking for more turkey eggs. I wish I had a dozen or more just for egg laying. Dennis
Bras
5 years ago at 10:14 AM
Grew up on a turkey farm, ate turkey eggs all the time, longed for other foods frequently but got eggs instead. Now many years later, sure would like to be able to get them in mass quantities like I could back then
george
5 years ago at 7:13 PM
had chickens for close to 40 years. no comparison between store bought and free range. i can tell the difference just by looking at the raw egg. Some folks would have a little trouble eating free range eggs if they seen what all a chicken will eat. :) Had geese several years. Better eating than turkey at thanksgiving. Their eggs are very good to eat also. Geese are hard on your lawns though if u let them freerange. Also throw a couple eggs in when whipping your mashed potatoes. Will make them a whole lot better. Try it.
Diane
3 years ago at 4:26 PM
I can’t imagine putting raw eggs in my mashed potatoes. Yuck. I’ve eaten Muscovy duck eggs without realizing what they were. They were quite good and very rich in flavor. Poor ugly ducks. ?
Necole Breznak
4 years ago at 1:46 PM
lap trinh iOS
Bonnie
4 years ago at 11:54 PM
In 1956 I talked my grandmother into frying two Budgie (Parakeet) eggs that our neighbor handed to this persistent 6 you old. Of course my Grandmother got a chuckle but fried those 1" little eggs and I still remember to this day a delightful light egg taste. Who knew?? LOL
Bonnie
4 years ago at 11:54 PM
In 1956 I talked my grandmother into frying two Budgie (Parakeet) eggs that our neighbor handed to this persistent 6 you old. Of course my Grandmother got a chuckle but fried those 1" little eggs and I still remember to this day a delightful light egg taste. Who knew?? LOL
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4 years ago at 2:06 AM
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R
4 years ago at 8:51 AM
Does anyone know if it's safe to eat an egg from a bird you're allergic to? I'm deathly allergic to duck and goose; it would be nice to know if I have to avoid the eggs or not.
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3 years ago at 3:31 PM
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tectak
3 years ago at 2:53 AM
I suggest you revise your estimate of the comparitive size of pheasnt eggs...they are most certainly not bigger than chicken eggs!
Kurt
3 years ago at 3:35 AM
Here's a note if you are hungry in the US all birds eggs are edible, there are only two birds that are Toxic. they are the Pitoui and Ifrita from Papua, New Guinea. All Snake eggs are edible as well, and a lot of reptiles. As well as most fish Roe!
Warwick
2 years ago at 10:53 AM
It's fine keeping chickens. Just be prepared for the inevitable rats.
Elvis Bery
1 year ago at 11:25 AM
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Robeson.Teresa
1 year ago at 6:11 PM
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