Chicken vs. duck eggs

Does anyone know if one is allergic to chicken eggs, if one is likely to be allergic to duck eggs, too? I’m especially interested in protein breakdowns – are there actually different proteins in the two kinds of eggs, as there are in cow vs. goat milk?



  1. fredlet said,

    January 7, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    yes, as a matter of fact most of my family is allergic to chicken eggs, but can eat duck eggs without issue. I haven’t been able to find a good site explaining why this is, but our crazy stomachs work better this way.
    Also, there is a high incidence of chicken meat allergy where turkey is not a problem. You might be seeing some allergy reacting there as well…

    • Emily said,

      January 7, 2010 at 4:05 pm

      Excellent! Thank you. Are free-range, organic chicken eggs still a problem for y’all, or do you get more reaction with typical grocery store eggs?

  2. Julia said,

    January 13, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Chicken eggs have 12.9% protein; duck eggs have 13.3%. (Dave Holderread, Raising the Home Duck Flock). Also, duck eggs are delicious!

  3. Lorna said,

    January 14, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Just anecdotal information as I haven’t found a reliable source. . . my mother had a horrible reaction when she ate duck eggs! You may want to be prepared the first time, just in case.

    • Emily said,

      January 14, 2010 at 1:43 pm

      I wonder if the difference in reaction has to do with what the birds eat?

    • Rachel said,

      August 18, 2014 at 4:36 am

      I can eat hen (chicken) eggs no worries, but any duck egg, from any source, in any amount, prepared in any way, leaves me cramping, vomiting uncontrollably and running to the toilet. I’ve noticed this on several occasions throughout my life. I haven’t tried other eggs such as goose/quail etc as it’s just too horrible an experience. Be aware!

      • January 26, 2015 at 6:48 am

        that is the same as me. Chicken eggs no problem, duck eggs, violent sickness, palpitations, tongue and throat swell. I now carry an epipen. When I saw the allergen doctor he told me basically I couldn’t be allergic to one without the other! So assumed I was not allergic to duck eggs. I know I am because it was the only thing I had eaten on the day I had my massive reaction!

  4. January 14, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    This doesn’t address your question of allergy but I find that the duck eggs taste more of sulfur than chicken eggs. Both raised free range here at our place on the same food at the same time of year. The whites taste the same to me. For meringues they taste the same to me. I’ll eat either but prefer the chicken for boiled.

  5. Anonymous said,

    April 18, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Carol Deppe has an extensive discussion of duck eggs (I believe they are particularly rich in Omega 3s) in her new book, The Resilient Gardener. Check it out.

  6. Anonymous said,

    May 15, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    We run a duck farm in NZ and have several clients who can eat our barn raised duck eggs but not chicken eggs, am trying to find out the reason why?

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