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Chicken, Duck, Goose

March 28th, 2012

I buy chicken and duck* eggs at the farmers market all the time, in fact we eat about a dozen duck eggs each month and about 2 dozen chicken eggs each week. A lot of eggs, I know, that’s why I’m so excited to have chickens someday. Until then I’m happy getting them from Martha’s Farm, the chickens run happily outside and are fed a diet of organic GMO-free grains purchased from a local farmer. The eggs are fantastic! Yesterday, when I was at Local Roots in Wooster, OH I reached into the egg cooler and spotted goose eggs. WOW.

I grabbed two and nestled them in the skein of alpaca yarn I was buying (my mom’s making me a nice new winter hat). The cashier and I were talking about how the farmer couldn’t figure out what to put the eggs in for people to take them home. She offered some newspaper, but I had my hat and gloves since it was a chilly 28 when I left the house that morning. One giant egg was nestled into each glove which were then stuffed into my hat.

They made it home without a scratch. Each one weighed in at almost 8 oz, that’s almost 4 chicken eggs. Now that’s a bargain for 60 cents!

I’m an adventurous eater so I can’t wait to try these, I was told at the market that they make a wonderfully rich scrambled eggs. I’ve never met an egg I didn’t like and these will most likely be no different. It certainly will be interested to see what they’re like, I’ll have to do some reading on popular cooking methods. I certainly hope they have more next time I’m there!

Have you ever had a goose egg, ostrich, or any other egg besides a chicken egg?

*The duck eggs I buy are used for custard and ice cream since they have big thick yolks and thinner whites than chicken eggs, this results is a creamier custard.

25 Comments to “Chicken, Duck, Goose”
  1. Louisa on March 28, 2012 at 6:11 am

    Oh, the goose eggs look fantastic!

    I have chickens of my own, so I don’t really buy any kind of eggs-I have too many chicken eggs to start with!

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  2. risa on March 28, 2012 at 6:11 am

    We blow all our goose eggs and freeze the contents for year round use.

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  3. canned Quilter on March 28, 2012 at 7:18 am

    My mother always saved her goose eggs for baking they make the richest cakes ever ….

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    • Susy on March 28, 2012 at 7:29 am

      I’ve read that they’re nice & rich.

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  4. Quinn on March 28, 2012 at 7:22 am

    Our ducks began laying this winter and I believe they are better layers than our hens! Not to mention that they don’t eat a ration like the hens, but forage 100% and you can tell a difference looking at the yolks.

    But I am so glad that you posted this because we have been actively looking for over a year for anyone within a reasonable driving distance that might supply us with GMO-free feed to no avail. How exciting to have a prospect! Thanks!!

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    • Susy on March 28, 2012 at 7:29 am

      There are actually a few farmers here in NE Ohio that raise GMO free grain. I haven’t asked Martha for sure, but I’m guessing she gets her organic grains that she mixes from Stutzman Farms in Holmes County. They do have a farm stand, but I have never been there. Generally I buy their grains at Local Roots as well. Best of luck finding the GMO free feed!

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  5. Kate on March 28, 2012 at 7:24 am

    When I lived in NYC I used to buy pheasant eggs at the farmer’s market every spring. They are a little smaller than a chicken egg and they make the cutest little deviled eggs!

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    • Susy on March 28, 2012 at 8:25 am

      Sounds wonderful, I keep hoping to find things like this at the market. I’d LOVE to try pheasant eggs, perhaps someday I’ll have a few pheasants. As for deviled eggs – haven’t had them in far too long, must make some. Can you imagine a deviled good egg?

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  6. Jennifer Fisk on March 28, 2012 at 7:55 am

    I had planned on incubating some of my turkey’s eggs but the turner didn’t get here soon enough so I’ve eaten almost a dozen. Very good eating.

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  7. Terry on March 28, 2012 at 7:56 am

    I have had ostrich eggs in a scramble, they were good. More mild tasting than chicken eggs in my opinion. We used to sell them at Whole Foods and if they were getting too close to the sell by date someone would cook them up and sample them.

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  8. Donna B. on March 28, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Oh what a great find! I love seeing all of the different colors and shapes eggs can be! I’ve eaten a vietnamese-styled noodle bowl that had an emu egg poached into it, an egg of that size could feed a small army! Thankfully I was sharing. :D
    I’m happy that soon you will have chickens! That’s something I’ve always dreamt of – maybe once I move to a more rural place, or I have a switch in canines [One is a big dunce who couldn’t care less, but the other? She’s a terrier, and all she wants to do is kill any small animal or bird. /sigh] I live vicariously through other chicken owners!

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  9. Texan on March 28, 2012 at 10:35 am

    My those are huge! yes having chickens of your own will be super! I am not a big egg eater. I like them more for baking then for eating just eggs. My honeyman on the other hand loves eggs!

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  10. Sincerely, Emily on March 28, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Wow – that is one big egg. I just had the cutest deviled quail eggs last weekend. So cute, so tiny. I can imagine what a deviled goose egg would look like… or a deviled Emu or Ostrich egg would look like

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  11. Winston Bearkiller on March 28, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Best use ever for goose eggs is to use them along with goat’s milk to make custard. This stuff is so good you’ll not want to go back to jigen eggs, LOL.

    ONE goose egg, goat’s milk, honey to taste. Ummmm Ummmm!!!!

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  12. Lee on March 28, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Boiled quail eggs are great, a lot better than boiled chicken eggs.

    Long time ago, I had a chance to try fried snake eggs, but chickened out. I was tempted but just couldn’t eat it. :)

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  13. Maybelline on March 28, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Never. I don’t like eggs but would love to have chickens for insect control in the garden.

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  14. tj on March 28, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    …Holy Yolks Batman that is some egg! *giggle* :o)

    …You know I’ve never had any other egg than a chicken egg. I so need to get out more. *sigh*

    …Gosh, I see so many craftsy ideas with that shell tho’. If eggs had beauty pageants that one would be a winner that’s for sure. :o)

    …I can’t wait ’til you get some chickens, it’s gonna be fun to see the excitement and photos this will bring. I’ve got a lil’ bantam hen that’s gone broody recently so I’m looking forward to some baby chicks in the near future. It should be interesting ’cause the father is a frizzle cochin. ~:>

    …Enjoy your day you two!j

    …Blessings :o)

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  15. Cheryl on March 28, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Our friends had ducks and gave us some of their eggs. It was fun to crack them into the pan and scramble them up!

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  16. judym on March 28, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I’ve had both duck & goose eggs way back when. They are rich – look beautiful. I hope to have a few duck someday but I’m getting chickens this summer so I’ll have to wait. would really like to try an ostrich egg – awesome!

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  17. KimH on March 28, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    We used to eat lots of pickled dove & quail eggs.. They sell them in the gallon jars all over Texas..

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  18. Joan on March 29, 2012 at 6:40 am

    I just learned to make pysanki (Ukrainian colored easter eggs) this year, and those goose eggs would be so great for it!

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  19. Rick on March 29, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    We have never tried Duck or Goose eggs, but we sure love having our own chickens. We get about 3 dozen eggs a week and love it!!

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  20. Marcia on March 29, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    We used to have geese when I was a kid and the eggs are great. The yolk is really big so there is enough to dunk two toasts and then some! You’ll love them. I haven’t found any at my farmer’s market but I’ve been buying duck eggs , which are also great.

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  21. Dawn on April 1, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    While working in Southeast Alaska, I was lucky enough to be invited to a Tlingit celebration – at one of the meals, they served seagull eggs – they were the richest, best-tasting eggs I’ve ever eaten!

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  22. Olivia on March 22, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    We keep various birds and I’ve eaten chicken, goose, duck, and turkey eggs pretty much on a regular basis. I can taste the difference between chicken and goose, but all the rest taste pretty much the same to me. The texture might be slightly different though, like turkey is a little more chewy, but not really very noticeably.

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