• Jenny Dupre

An EGGcellent surprise!


The days are getting shorter and my morning chores are now getting done just as the sun is rising. A few weeks ago I suggested to Marcel that we shouldn't get down if the girls don't start laying until next spring. Ducks need an average of 16 daylight hours to produce an egg so I didn't want to be disappointed if we didn't get anything this year.

Fast forward to Wednesday of last week and I was pleasantly surprised to find one little, lonely egg laying on the ground beside the water basin. It seriously took me off guard. Like... "Hey! It's an egg!" Exactly 21 weeks to the day from when we brought our little peepers home they started laying.

Fortunately after that first day whoever is laying is doing so inside the duck house so I don't have to worry as much about them getting broken. Of course Marcel wanted to eat the egg right away but with only one duck currently laying, it seemed unfair for only one of us to get duck eggs so we waited until Saturday when I had four and fried them up with some bacon.

I noticed no difference between duck eggs and chicken eggs and, to be perfectly honest, I was a little let down. I'm not entirely sure what I was expecting but it fell a little flat. The fact that I cooked the eggs in a regular pan instead of a non-stick and lost half of each egg white to the bottom of the pan probably didn't help.

Marcel got Sunday & Monday's eggs this morning, which I cooked in a non-stick pan and it went a lot better. I'm hoping to be able to perfect my fried duck eggs soon. I look forward for the other two girls to start pulling their weight, and getting off store bought chicken eggs for good... or at least during the warmer months.

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