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Our Chickens and Ducks are Free Range, and healthy; we feed our chickens and ducks chemical free feed. Our Chickens and Ducks enjoy a safe, free range area in which to hunt for fresh grasses, worms, insects and even greens. The ducks and chickens spend their day in search for their favorite bugs and worms on a nearly full acre.


As evening rolls around, we round up our chickens and put them to bed in their very large, safe chicken coop. When the sun comes up, we're up too, to forage and hunt for those bugs.


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The ducks and chickens enjoy nearly a one acre field of grassland with a 1/4 acre pond. Our ducks take advantage of the pond where they spend several hours a day to clean and feed. The chickens spend their day eating on the pasture and sun bathing, what a life!.



Duck eggs vs Chicken eggs


Duck Eggs are an Alkaline producing food - Anti cancer food


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Lets split some hairs on the differences between duck and chicken eggs.
What most people do not know is that Duck eggs are far superior to Chicken eggs with the same taste and richer smoother consistency yet better than a chicken egg in many ways.


  • Duck eggs have twice the nutritional value of a chicken egg and stay fresher longer due to their thicker shell.
  • Duck eggs are richer with more Albumen making cakes and pastries fluffier and richer.
  • Duck Eggs have more Omega 3 fatty acids ..something you can actually see in the salted pickled eggs the Chinese love to eat. Omega 3 is thought to improve everything from Brain health to healthy skin and
  • Duck Eggs are an Alkaline producing food, one of the few foods that leave your body more alkaline which is a great benefit to cancer patients as cancer cells do not thrive in an alkaline environment. Chicken eggs are an acid food leaving your body more acid.


There is one reason why many people are scared to try a duck egg and that is that the yolk contains about a 1 day supply of Cholesterol ..which is not good for heart diseases..well ... This depends on what you believe about weight control and fat or cholesterol. We are only just beginning to understand the real effects of eating fat in our diet. In practice we know that healthy active people who exercise need fat in their diet, otherwise their bodies would generate the cholesterol itself. So good (HDL) cholesterol is good and will stop your body from producing its own cholesterol. Your body needs to know how to process fat and get the energy benefits. If it forgets how to process fat or has easier sources of fast energy as from hydro carbons then guess what, your body stores the fat as an energy source ...hence your love handles are really stored energy.



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All the above says there are great benefits from eating an egg a day...yolk and all. No YOLK - is not good advice - No Joke!



Egg Allergy Substitutes:

One health benefit with duck eggs is that most people who are allergic to chicken eggs are able to eat duck eggs without allergic reactions.



Duck Eggs Vs Chicken Eggs: Size

Duck eggs are quite large compared to chicken eggs, which makes them easily distinguishable. Another distinct difference is that the duck egg's shell is a lot tougher than a normal chicken egg's shell. Though that makes them a lot more difficult to crack, it is also supposed to provide them with a considerably longer shelf life. By long, I mean six weeks at maximum, if you keep them refrigerated.
The large size of the duck egg gives it a larger yoke to white ratio than a chicken egg. So if you want more yoke, duck eggs are what you should go for. With the larger size you definitely get more for your money, compared to a chicken egg!



Duck Eggs Vs Chicken Eggs: Nutrition

6x the Vitamin D, 2x the Vitamin A, and 2x the cholesterol in duck eggs vs chicken eggs. Duck contains about 75% of the Vitamin E in chicken eggs. Duck eggs reportedly also have more Vitamin K2, Duck eggs also are higher in calories for the same weight quantity, probably due to it's slightly higher fat concentration. Also, keep in mind that the eggs of free-range, pastured animals generally have higher levels of vitamins and higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids. The yolks are darker, yellower, indicating a higher nutrient density.


A 100 gm of duck egg will provide about 185 KCal of energy, compared to 149 KCal of energy provided by a chicken egg. Both types of eggs, match each other in terms of carbohydrate content, while the protein content is slightly higher in the duck eggs compared to chicken eggs. The mineral content of duck eggs is very similar. Both contain selenium, manganese, zinc, copper, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, calcium and iron. The duck eggs contain slightly higher amounts of all these minerals.
Same is the case with vitamin content in both of them. The vitamin content too is similar, but duck eggs have a higher amount of each one of them, which includes thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin B12 and retinol.


100 gm of duck eggs will have about 3.68 gm of saturated fat, compared to 3.1 gm in chicken eggs. The mono unsaturated fat content is about 50% more in duck eggs as against chicken eggs. The amino acid content profile is also similar for both eggs, but again duck eggs contain more of them. The amino acids included are threonine, isoleucine, trytophan, leucine, methionine, lysine, cystine, tyrosine, phenylalanine, valine, serine, glycine, proline, aspartic acid, histidine, alanine, and arginine. The only minus point that duck eggs have is the considerably higher cholesterol content, compared to chicken eggs. 100 gm of duck eggs will contain 884 mg of cholesterol, compared to 425 mg in chicken eggs. That is why, people with history of heart disease should stay away from consuming duck eggs or moderate their intake.



Duck Eggs Vs Chicken Eggs: Taste & Utility

Duck eggs provide a taste that is different and tastier than chicken eggs according to most users. Individual tastes might vary, so it is best if you try one out to decide! Every thing that you do with a chicken egg, can be done with a duck egg. That includes scrambling them, poaching and baking. In fact, most expert bakers report that using duck eggs makes their cakes rise higher and provides them with excellent taste due to their high fat content. As the water content in duck eggs is lesser than chicken eggs, you need to be careful not to overcook them, which has a tendency to make them rubbery. The larger water content also makes the duck egg white harder to whip but they are worth the effort. Salted ducks eggs are a popular Chinese recipe that you might want to try out.
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/duck-eggs-vs-chicken-eggs.html




So What About Blood Spots?

A batch of eggs that contain a blood spot or two on them, be it on the yolk (yellow portion) or albumin (white portion), will naturally cause alarm upon seeing these. The blood spots believe it or not, aren't harmful or something that should ring the alarm bell. It is perfectly safe to eat, and can be easily removed using the tip of something sharp like a knife or toothpick. The reason for the blood spots is that the initial stages when the egg forms, finds the developing egg encased within a sack that contains a network of blood vessels.


When the yolk gradually matures, it is then released from the yolk sac called the suture line or stigma. The yolk sac can sometimes tear during the process, causing blood vessels to rupture and leak into the yolk, causing even the albumin portion to have a spotting of blood. These lighten over time, where dark blood spots signal that an egg is fresh. Other reasons why this happens is a lack of Vitamin A from the hen's diet, where these eggs under examination show a bit of spotting before distribution.


You can avoid those certain hens from further producing more eggs if this is seen on a regular basis, which is hereditary if you raise the offspring to lay eggs in the future. There's another kind of spotting that comes into play, called meat spots. Eggs are either tinged a reddish-brown, white, tan or gray. These spots can either change color because of a chemical reaction that the blood spot undergoes before it changes color, or a bit of tissue that got in during reproduction.


Those who raise hens should stop particular livestock from laying eggs if the spotting is as bad as varying colors present upon being examined electronically. Not all eggs are caught as being the spot kinds, being an impossible task to detect all spots present within the eggs. They are safe for consumption nonetheless, and can be eaten without worrying about any hidden effects. Like I mentioned earlier, you can easily remove these spots if they sicken you upon sight.


Some people say that the blood spots may mean that the egg has crossed over to being an embryo, and was stunted because of being laid mid process. It hasn't been scientifically declared that this is the case, and as far as those who know about these is concerned, there is no harm involved or anything controversial about eating eggs that have blood spots on them.


You can read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/blood-spots-in-eggs.html



How to cook duck eggs?

  • Same as chicken eggs. Duck eggs more richer than chicken eggs, so it is very good for making cake, ice cream, any where a chicken egg is used- try duck
  • You can make your own salted duck eggs use fresh duck eggs.


How To Make Salted Duck Eggs

Salted duck eggs are a Chinese recipe that preserves the eggs through pickling in a salted brine solution.
The brining process takes between 30 and 40 days, but once pickled, your salted duck eggs will remain fresh for up to one month in the refrigerator.
Use the salted duck eggs or yolks in recipes where required for a savory, salty addition.



Stuff You Need:

  • Gallon jar with lid
  • 5 cups water or 4 cups water and 1 cup rice wine
  • * 1 cup sea salt
  • Whole dried chile peppers (optional)

Recipe

  • Combine the water, salt and a handful of the optional dried chile peppers in the gallon jar.
  • Seal the jar and shake to combine the ingredients and dissolve the salt.
  • Add duck eggs into the jar so the water still completely covers the eggs. Duck eggs vary in size based on the specific breed.
    Important: be sure the brine completely covers the eggs.
  • Fill the Ziploc bag with dried beans and seal.
  • Place the bag of beans into the jar to hold the raw duck eggs under the brine.
  • Cover the jar with the lid and store at room temperature for 30 to 40 days or until the egg whites taste salty.
  • Remove the bag of beans and the salted duck eggs. The salted duck eggs can be eaten as is or cooked.
  • Store leftover salted eggs in the jar in the refrigerator for up to one month.
  • Rinse the brine off the eggs.
  • Optionally boil the duck eggs for 30 minutes.
  • Cool and eat the duck eggs or use in recipes.



 

DATA SOURCE

by USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 15 (August 2002) http://www.duckeggs.com/duck-egg-nutrition-compare.html



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