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    Are wild duck eggs safe to eat?

    Are wild ducks eggs safe to eat? The reason being that I've just found to day a wild duck's nest at the front of my house. I opened the front door to get in a parcel and scared the duck off the nest by acident (I didn't even know there was nest there!). The duck didn't come back all day, so this evening I collected the eggs.
    Now the question is, are they safe to eat? I do love fried duck (and goose) eggs, but I don't want to get saminela poisoning :-)
    I know the eggs cant be more than one, or at the most two days old, because I'd of noticed them before.
    So How do I tell a Good Egg from a stinker? :-) The water floating test? Are wild ducks infected with saminella bateria?

    I would have posted on the bushcraftuk forum, but it's still down.
    First time post from a longtime lurker :-)

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    Re: Are wild duck eggs safe to eat?

    Water float test works for all eggs, but maybe it is not too late to incubate them?

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    Re: Are wild duck eggs safe to eat?

    Almost anything that walks, flies, swims or crawls can be eaten as long as they are prepared correctly.

    What is harder is overcoming our squimishness at eating somethings.

    Duck eggs are fine although I would firstly confirm the parents have abondoned the nest and second I wouldnt advise anybody else to go gather them unless in an emergency situation ect ect.I had wild gose eggs in canada once and they tasted a little fishy compared to eggs we are used to so the taste may not be to your liking either depending on the species ect
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    Re: Are wild duck eggs safe to eat?

    Check the eggs against a lightbulb, nothing worse than discovering it's been fertilised and there's a foetus in your salad.

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    Re: Are wild duck eggs safe to eat?

    Reminds me of when I was a nipper. My dear old Dad - a true fenman - raided a moorhens nest so I could have the eggs as a treat. Mum duly boiled them amd put them in front of me. I tapped round the first one with a knife and lifted the lid off to find a little beaky thing pointing up at me!!!
    I've only recently, some 30 odd years later, started to enjoy eggs again!

    Bon apptetite!

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    Re: Are wild duck eggs safe to eat?

    Quote Originally Posted by ZDP-189
    Check the eggs against a lightbulb, nothing worse than discovering it's been fertilised and there's a foetus in your salad.
    Thats a delicasy in Vietnam I believe - still edible
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    Re: Are wild duck eggs safe to eat?

    And called balut in the Philippines, which is close to the sound of vomiting foreigners, I guess.

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    Re: Are wild duck eggs safe to eat?

    I just visited a safari park today, (the monkeys owe me a new rear wiper by the way!) and saw a pair of emu eggs!! They are a meal in themselves I'd imagine.

    My wife said that her father ate one when he was in Africa years ago, he apparently has a full egg shell at home aswell!

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    Re: Are wild duck eggs safe to eat?

    Unfortunately it is illegal to take wild Mallard duck eggs in the UK ( or other wild bird eggs.)

    The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, Part 1

    http://www.naturenet.net/law/birds.html

    Other than that, consider that ducks generally have thinner walled eggs and the danger is when they are picked from muddy areas etc. Other than that, duck eggs are les vulnerable to salmonella than chickens....
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    Just walk beside me and be my friend."

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    Re: Are wild duck eggs safe to eat?

    As has been mentioned here, duck egg shells are more porous than chicken eggs, and can therefore take on the taste or 'taint' of whatever or wherever they have been laid on, around, or in (like muddy water). The diet of the mother can also affect the taste, so a duck eating lots of wild garlic will produce garlicky eggs!

    As has already been mentioned, once you have determined that they're not illegal to collect, 'candle' the eggs to check for any existing development - early development looks like a spiders web of veins - then do the water test before cooking / using.

    Duck eggs are fab - lovely and rich and creamy, and fantastic for baking!

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    Re: Are wild duck eggs safe to eat?

    Just to check I have this right, if they sink they are ok and float then no good?

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    Re: Are wild duck eggs safe to eat?

    Quote Originally Posted by outdoorgirl
    Duck eggs are fab - lovely and rich and creamy, and fantastic for baking!
    They make fab scrambled eggs too because they're so creamy - just fantastic with wild herbs.

    Cheers
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    Re: Are wild duck eggs safe to eat?

    Quote Originally Posted by roger986
    Just to check I have this right, if they sink they are ok and float then no good?

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    Roger
    That's right. The air gets between the shell and the membrane as they get older and they float. It's why it's easier to peel the shells from hard boiled eggs that are not so fresh - the new ones are very difficult.

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    Re: Are wild duck eggs safe to eat?

    Quote Originally Posted by roger986
    Just to check I have this right, if they sink they are ok and float then no good?
    Lol...yer that's right Mate, exactly the same test as used for checking for witches, chuck them in the local pond bound up, if they sink then they are ok (but they drown!) and if they float they must have magical powers to keep them up and so must be a witch!!!!! Common sence really!

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    Re: Are wild duck eggs safe to eat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bambodoggy
    Lol...yer that's right Mate, exactly the same test as used for checking for witches, chuck them in the local pond bound up, if they sink then they are ok (but they drown!) and if they float they must have magical powers to keep them up and so must be a witch!!!!! Common sence really!
    I think you have something there, both of my ex-wives could swim pretty good!


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