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Duck or Chicken, Which Egg is Best?

Have you ever considered the differences between duck and chicken eggs? I had never really imagined that there was a difference. They are both birds, eat similar diets, but there is a lot more to eggs than I realized.

According to a Healthline.com article, written by Cecilia Snyder, MS, RD on December 1, 2020,* the following chart of nutritional information shows a big differences:

Duck EggsChicken Eggs
Calories223149
Protein12 grams10 grams
Fat18.5 grams11 grams
Carbs1.4 grams1.6 grams
Fiber0 grams0 grams
Cholesterol276% of the Daily Value (DV)92% of the DV
Choline36% of the DV40% of the DV
Copper6% of the DV7% of the DV
Folate14% of the DV9% of the DV
Iron20% of the DV7% of the DV
Pantothenic acid24% of the DV
Phosphorus16% of the DV13% of the DV
Riboflavin28% of the DV29% of the DV
Selenium62% of the DV43% of the DV
Thiamine10% of the DV3% of the DV
Vitamin A23% of the DV18% of the DV
Vitamin B615% of the DV8% of the DV
Vitamin B12168% of the DV32% of the DV
Vitamin D8% of the DV9% of the DV
Vitamin E13% of the DV8% of the DV
Zinc12% of the DV9% of the DV

I have come to understand that there are also big differences in raising these two types of birds. Our ducks have been less susceptible to weather changes, have more sustainable laying habits, and statistically they live longer than chickens. They are much easier to keep inside their fence and they nest on the floor of their house which allows us to maximize space by keep our rabbits above them. They seem to be good roommates. 😊

The duck downfall is water. They love water, but are extremely messy with it. Our chickens daintily drink from their waterers, while the ducks attack their pond with a vengeance, and it becomes stinky and dirty very fast.

We filmed this one morning. these ladies LOVE to get out for their morning swim!

So, I haven’t decided which birds I prefer. For now, we will continue to keep both and really enjoy both types of eggs in different recipes. All the while knowing that whichever eggs we use, they are full of great nutrients, and harvested in an ethical way.

Check out this recipe for Shakshuka

*Duck Eggs vs. Chicken Eggs: Nutrition, Benefits, and More (healthline.com)


 

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Rabbit: Rediscover A Grass Fed Meat

Why meat rabbits? Yes rabbits are cute and cuddly, but they are tasty and nutritious as well. At our farm we use rabbit in place of chicken. For centuries domesticated rabbits were raised as an important food source. Here are several reasons why we love rabbit!

  1. When comparing the two meats we can see (according to https://foodstruct.com/food/rabbit-meat) that rabbit meat is higher in protein and most minerals than chicken.
  2. We just love the fact that we know where our meat comes from and what they are eating. Our rabbits are raised on grass from about 4-6 weeks of age. We built them a lovely rabbit tractor and move them three to four times per day.
  3. Processing rabbits is much easier than processing meat chickens. Both jobs have their ugly side, but rabbits are far less work.
  4. Rabbit pelts can be an extra product that can bring revenue for the farm.

We are excited to bring fresh rabbit meat to our customers at this year’s Cartersville Farmers Market. We are hoping that the nutritional value and the sustainability of this grass fed animal will be beneficial for our farm and the health of our customers.

Here is a delicious recipe we use often

Ginger Curry Rabbit with Lentils and Leeks

Prep:  25 mins

Cook:  55 mins to 1 hr

Servings:  4

Ingredients

  • Whole rabbit cut-up
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt or salt
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 large leeks, halved lengthwise, rinsed, and sliced
  • 1 small orange, cut in wedges
  • 1 cup French lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1 14 ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth 
  • 1 cup dry white wine (optional)
  • 1 – 2 heads baby bok choy, separated into individual leaves

Directions

Sprinkle rabbit with 1 tablespoon curry powder and salt. Brown rabbit pieces in 4-quart Dutch oven in hot oil over medium-high heat. Remove from pan. Add ginger, leeks, orange wedges, and remaining curry powder. Cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until leeks are tender.

Stir in lentils, broth, and wine. Return rabbit pieces to pan. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cook, covered, for 55 to 60 minutes or until rabbit is tender and no longer pink (170 degrees F).

Remove rabbit; stir bok choy into lentil mixture. Use slotted spoon to serve. Makes 4 servings.