A Crackin’ Comparison:

Poultry Eggs

by Lauren R

Published January 16, 2024

From the familiar chicken egg to the less common quail or goose egg, different poultry eggs might be more diverse than you think. In this blog post, we’ll compare various types of poultry eggs, discussing their size, taste, nutritional value, and culinary uses. Whether you’re just curious or trying to decide what to add to your flock, you’re sure to learn something new!

Quail egg, Bantam Chicken egg, Standard Egg, Duck Egg Egg Size Comparison

Chicken Eggs

Chicken eggs are the most common and widely consumed type of poultry egg. They come in various sizes, from small to extra large, and their color can range from white to brown, blue, green, or even speckled, depending on the breed of chicken. The most egg-prolific chicken breeds lay 250-300 eggs per year.

  • Size: Small to large (a large egg is about 50g, about 72 calories)
  • Taste: Mild and versatile
  • Nutritional Value: about 6g of protein, raw
  • Culinary Uses: Baking, frying, scrambling, boiling, and more
Chicken Eggs Olive Egger, Ameraucana, White Leghorn Eggs Meyer Hatchery
Cayuga Duck Egg in the grass Meyer Hatchery

Duck Eggs

Duck eggs are larger than chicken eggs and have a thicker shell. They’re particularly popular in Asian cuisine and are known for their rich taste and creamy texture. The Golden Layer Hybrid duck lays the most eggs of any duck breed at about 290 eggs a year.

  • Size: Large (about 70g, about 120 calories)
  • Taste: Rich and full-flavored, with a higher fat content than chicken eggs
  • Nutritional Value: About 9g of protein, raw
  • Culinary Uses: Baking, frying, scrambling, and boiling; often used in pastries and custards

Quail Eggs

Quail eggs are small and delicate, with a distinctive speckled shell. They’re considered a delicacy in many cuisines and are often used as a garnish or in appetizers. Quails lay between 250 to 300+ eggs a year, depending on the breed.

  • Size: Small (about 9g, about 14 calories)
  • Taste: Richer and creamier than chicken eggs
  • Nutritional Value: Higher in protein, vitamins, and minerals per gram than chicken eggs. 1 quail egg has about 1.2g of protein (raw).
  • Culinary Uses: Boiled, pickled, fried, or used in sushi and other appetizers

Goose Eggs

Goose eggs are much larger than chicken eggs and have a thick shell. They’re less common in stores, but they can be found at farmers’ markets or specialty shops. Geese are not heavy layers, typically only laying 30-50 eggs a year.

  • Size: Large to extra-large (about 144g, about 266 calories)
  • Taste: Rich and flavorful, with a higher yolk-to-white ratio than chicken eggs
  • Nutritional Value: about 20g protein (raw)
  • Culinary Uses: Baking, frying, and scrambling; can be used as a substitute for chicken eggs in recipes or just soft-boiled or poached

Guinea Fowl Eggs

Guinea fowl eggs are smaller than chicken eggs and have a thicker shell. They’re less common. You can’t usually find them in stores but they can provide a unique option for egg dishes or gourmet dishes and are very high in protein. Guinea Fowl hens can lay about 100 eggs each year.

  • Size: Small to medium (about 45g, about 50 calories)
  • Taste: Rich and slightly gamey
  • Nutritional Value: Similar to chicken eggs, but almost twice the protein (up to about 10g per egg, raw)
  • Culinary Uses: Boiling, frying, poaching, and baking
Turkey Eggs Meyer Hatchery

Turkey Eggs

Turkey eggs are similar in size to duck eggs but are less commonly found in stores. They have a stronger flavor than chicken eggs and are often used in gourmet dishes. Turkey hens can lay up to 100 eggs per year.

  • Size: Large (79g)
  • Taste: Rich and robust
  • Nutritional Value: High in protein (about 10g, raw), vitamins, and minerals
  • Culinary Uses: Baking, frying, and scrambling; can be used as a substitute for chicken eggs in recipes.

In conclusion, poultry eggs offer various flavors, sizes, and culinary uses. Whether you’re looking to try something new or simply want to understand the diversity of the little-shelled packages, thanks for egg-sploring different poultry eggs with us today! What type of poultry egg is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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