Are Duck Eggs Safe To Eat?


Duck eggs are safe to eat and are especially good for baking as they are larger and if your ducks can free range the yolks are richer from the grazing making the baking lovely.

Duck eggs have suffered in the past from a reputation of being a high risk salmonella carrier but I have read that the salmonella issue dates back to just after World War II times when a report on salmonella listed duck eggs as a food that carried salmonella risks.

All eggs – chicken, duck, quail and guinea fowl to name a few, can all carry salmonella. We need to remember to cook the eggs thoroughly and make sure that when we are baking with them and crack the eggs that surfaces are wiped so that any uncooked egg is wiped away.

If you keep ducks or are interested in keeping ducks then visit the farmingfriends duck forum for the latest chat about ducks and then check out the khaki campbell duck eggs for hatching sales page.

If you keep ducks or are interested in keeping ducks then check out the books shown above about keeping ducks which are informative and excellent for the beginner and a handy reference for the more experienced duck keeper.

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  1. I purchased a couple of baby ducks for pets and
    about six months later they started laying eggs. I
    do not want to waste them, but was concerned if they would be safe to eat? Thanks for the info.Jane

    Comment by jane mccalpin – October 22, 2008 @ 6:08 pm

  2. Hi Jane,
    Thanks for visiting farmingfriends and leaving a comment. I hope you found my post useful and that you are now enjoying eating your duck eggs.
    What type of ducks do you have?
    Kind regards
    Sara @ farmingfriendsComment by Sara @ Farming Friends – October 26, 2008 @ 6:21 pm
  3. HiI am a proud owner of 6 khaki cambells, 1 drake and 5 hens, the hens have recently started to lay, I have eaten and enjoyed some eggs but I have concerns regarding the risk of salmonella, whenever reading about ducks or their eggs the topic of salmonella is always there. I have given away some eggs to friends and family (no complaints yet) and I have young children who enjoy the eggs, the last thing I want to do is put anyone at risk, how safe are these eggs?Comment by Richard – December 7, 2008 @ 3:09 pm
  4. Hi Richard,
    Thanks for visiting farmingfriends and leaving your comment. I too have khaki campbell ducks and they are a joy. We have been eating our duck eggs without any problems for a number of months now.Duck eggs are safe to eat and are especially good for baking as they are larger and if your ducks can free range the yolks are richer from the grazing making the baking lovely. I have read that the salmonella issue dates back to just after World War II times when a report on salmonella listed duck eggs as a food that carried salmonella risks. All eggs – chicken, duck, quail and guinea fowl to name a few can all carry salmonella. We need to remember to cook the eggs thoroughly and make sure that when we are baking with them and crack the eggs that surfaces are wiped so that any uncooked egg is wiped away.

    It is also a good idea to try to collect the duck eggs as soon as you can so that the duck eggs are not kept in damp litter if your ducks are kept on straw and the straw gets damp from the duck muck.

    I don’t know if you wash your eggs but egg shells are porous and washing eggs can lead to bacteria passing through the shell to the egg.

    I hope that you find this information useful and reassuring and that you enjoy eating your duck eggs.
    Kind regards
    Sara @ farmingfriends

    Comment by Sara @ Farming Friends – December 8, 2008 @ 6:38 pm