3 Types of Eggs, a Review

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Have you ever eaten eggs other than chicken eggs?  Quail?  Duck?  Here are 3 Types of Eggs, a review.

Eating Paleo has included a LOT of eggs.  I really feel for people with food allergies that have to eat grain and egg free.  It must be a challenge.  A challenge supercharged.  Like if all the planets were challenges, eating Paleo without eggs would be Jupiter, no… the Sun!   Alright, I may be reaching a bit now.  You get that I empathize.

I adore trying new and different things.  Exotic meats, new restaurants, maverick combinations.  Even if it's an epic fail, it's still an experience.  Some days I just wander the market.  Look at things, clearance, imported, things in another language.  I'm fascinated.  So many things in this wide world!  And I wanna eat them.

The last few weeks I have acquired some duck eggs from a local farmer.  My best friend's husband knows a guy who has the “stuff” (ducks I guess is what produces duck eggs), so he messages me and I head down to the restaurant and give them the secret word, I slide over the cash, and they provide me the eggs.  I'm not sure why I don't get the number for the guy who has the “stuff” and cut out the middleman.  But this way feels dangerous.  It is a thrill.  I'll take thrills where I can get them.

I heard that duck eggs were rich, great for baking, and different enough that some people with chicken egg allergies could tolerate them.  Fascinating.  They are enormous.  If you normally eat two chicken eggs, one from a duck will fill you up.

The duck eggs have been a win: they are a little different to cook, and as I mentioned they are larger and richer.  They contain more fat in the yolk and more protein in the white.  They need to be cooked gently, so they don't end up rubbery.  They have a thicker shell so you really get to bash them around when opening.

I was wandering the market and came across adorable tiny speckled eggs.  Quail eggs!  I picked some up for curiosity sake.  After a little research, I learned they are quite similar in nutrient percentage as the duck eggs but are considerably smaller.  Anyone know where I can find turkey or goose eggs?

It may be difficult to compare the nutrients in various types of eggs because of the differences in their sizes. This table compares different types of whole eggs based on an equal portion, which is 100 grams.

Component Chicken Quail Duck
Calories 147 158 185
Total Fat (g) 9.9 11.1 13.8
Saturated Fat (g) 3.1 3.6 3.7
Cholesterol (mg) 423 844 884
Carbohydrate (g) 0.8 0.4 1.5
Protein (g) 12.6 13.1 12.8
Vitamin A (IU) 487 543 674
Calcium (mg) 53 64 64
Iron (mg) 1.8 3.6 3.8
Sodium (mg) 140 141 146

(sourced from Yahoo answers)

Breakfast was one of each so I could taste them side by side, head to head, a showdown of the eggs.  What are eggs without bacon?  Still awesome, but I baked some bacon to go with, and of course avocado.  Notice that is quite a bit of fat?  I felt full for hours and didn't feel like I needed a nap.  It was glorious!

Bacon was baked at 350F for 25 minutes and eggs were over easy.  It's not “easy” to flip 'em.

Duck is the largest in the back, quail is on the left, and chicken to the right in the skillet.  Plated it was quail in the front, chicken to the left, and duck to the right.

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There you go:  a review of 3 Types of Eggs.  Now go out there and make some eggs!  We've got a whack of recipes for you to try; omelettes, eggs benny, etc.  Explore our breakfasts.


About the Author:

Real food fan. My first love is baking, and it keeps me sane. I am new to the Paleo lifestyle, but already infatuated. Recovering sugar Junkie. Love awkward situations, drunk people and ridiculously high heeled shoes, especially when they coincide. Always looking for my next great story.


  1. Raj May 1, 2014 at 1:02 am - Reply

    I’d just like to point out that one of the reasons Holley’s egg intake has increased so much is because she bakes so much. Using coconut flour requires quite a few eggs as the binding agent. My egg usage is about the same as it’s always been.

  2. Holley May 1, 2014 at 6:54 am - Reply

    It’s not just the baking. Some weeks, developing recipes I keep a whole coop of chickens employed, (18-30 eggs). I used to have oatmeal for breakfast everyday. Eggs have replaced that quick breakfast option, and often for dinner if I’m in a rush/too lazy, (stuffed peppers! Yum!) I didn’t eat them often pre Paleo. Maybe once a week on the weekends. Or I would forgo “breakfast” for a cake pretending to be a muffin and a latte.
    This is also in my summer reading list if you are fretting about cholesterol, eggs, red meat. http://realfoodliz.com/eat-the-yolks/

    • Raj May 7, 2014 at 9:26 am

      Right, I forget that not everyone eats eggs most days. I was never a cereal person. Eggs: Cheap, delicious, fun, healthy, and fast… why wouldn’t you? haha FINALLY converted my sis.

  3. Devi May 1, 2014 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    Holly , I enjoyed the comparison. Nice work.

    • Holley May 2, 2014 at 10:52 am

      Thanks! Amazing the things out there!

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