Can Ducks Eat Eggs? (Answered)

by Alex Kountry
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That’s a resounding YES to that question! Eggs are a terrific source of protein for ducks, and they’re also a delicious treat.

More than half of the egg’s protein is found in the egg white, and there is no fat in it. Almost all of the egg’s nutrients are found in the yolk.

One of the few foods that naturally contain vitamin D is egg yolk. Unlike milk, yogurt, and orange juice, Eggs do not contain vitamin D, which is essential for bone health.

In addition to having all of the required amino acids, the egg is also considered a complete protein food since it’s delicious.

You may feed your ducks eggs, and they’ll be happy about it because they’re a good source of protein and nutrients.

Preferably fried eggs are best for ducks to consume. They are fine when feeding ducks and ducklings scrambled or boiled eggs, but raw eggs are not.

There is a danger of Salmonella infection when eating raw eggs.

As a result, ducks and ducklings should not eat them. In addition, allowing ducks to eat raw eggs could encourage them to eat their own eggs.

What Are the Health Benefits of Eggs to Ducks?

Can Ducks Eat Eggs

Eggs are beneficial to ducks. We consume eggs for their nutritional value, and ducks do the same.

The USDA states that 100 grams of egg comprise the following:

  • 13 g protein
  • 124 mg sodium
  • 126 mg potassium
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B12
  • Eggs contain around 13% protein, which is comparable to the protein composition of an optimum layer diet. With such a high protein level, it’s unsurprising that ducks will turn to eggs when they lack protein.

To be sure, protein is what causes ducks to grow. With sufficient protein, your bird will thrive.

In addition, protein is necessary for the growth of feathers, nails, muscles, and pretty much every other body aspect.

  • Potassium is extremely advantageous to ducks under heat stress conditions, whereas iron is required for blood production.
  • Magnesium is beneficial to ducks in a variety of ways. To begin, it aids with bone and egg production. Magnesium also aids the birds in successfully utilizing other nutrients, as well as their neural systems.
  • A calcium deficiency might cause your ducks to have brittle bones and weak muscles.

The eggs they lay may have weakened shells as a result of a deficiency of calcium. Calcium can be found in eggshells.

If your ducks are pecking at them, their food may be deficient in calcium. Calcium can be found in various areas of the egg beside the shell.

  • Vitamin A aids in the growth of healthy feathers and skin in the ducks. Additionally, it will aid in their vision. 
  • Vitamin D promotes bone growth in conjunction with calcium and phosphorus.
  • Vitamin B6 is beneficial for your birds’ neurological systems, while vitamin B12 is a vital cofactor. In addition, it is required for the synthesis of a number of other chemicals in the body.

In a nutshell, when ducks consume eggs, they obtain a plethora of nutrients that can help them stay healthy.

Here is an article I wrote showing you the complete list of foods that ducks eat

How Often Should I Feed Them Eggs?

Ducks don’t eat the same amount of eggs at the same time every day.

However, because eggs are typically presented as a reward, we advise limiting your ducks’ daily consumption to no more than 10% eggs.

Can Baby Ducks Eat Eggs?

Cooked eggs are excellent for ducklings, just like they are for adult ducks.

Eggs boiled or scrambled are particularly good for their growth because of their high protein and calcium content.

Vitamin D, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12 are also essential for the growth of ducklings. Cooked eggs, on the other hand, are a great source of these nutrients.

Keep eggshells out of a duckling’s food even though ducks can benefit from them.

Can Ducks Eat Egg Shells?

Eggshells can be eaten by ducks as well. Because of this, you must exercise caution if you choose to do so.

Don’t forget to break the eggshells when you’re done cooking.

They’ll start pecking at their own eggs if they have a taste for it.

Because of this, their eggs will be damaged, and their productivity will be reduced. If something like this occurs, you lose.

Before feeding the birds, bake the eggshells and ground them. Then, eggshells crushed into a fine powder can be fed to them.

Eggshells can also be mixed with other treats, such as grit or scrambled eggs, to make a nutritious meal for your pet.

Eggshells contain a high proportion of calcium (about 90% to 95% of an eggshell is made up of calcium).

Therefore, giving young hens eggshell treats on a regular basis can help them make the transition to layer status.

Also check out this article I wrote on can ducks eat dog food

Can Ducks Eat Egg Yolk

Ducks can eat the yolk of an egg. Almost all of the egg’s nutrients are found in the yolk.

There are only a few foods that naturally contain vitamin D, and egg yolk is one. Eggs, unlike milk, yogurt, and orange juice, are not fortified with vitamin D. 

Will Ducks Eat Chicken Eggs?

Yes, ducks can eat chicken eggs. Just ensure you cook the eggs before giving them to your ducks.

Things to Consider When Feeding Ducks Eggs

Cooked eggs are preferable for these birds to raw eggs.

If you feed your ducks uncooked eggs, you run the danger of illness.

Salmonella can occasionally be found in uncooked eggs. Ducks, on the other hand, may fall ill if they swallow this bacterium.

When feeding raw eggs to a duck, the birds may develop a taste for the eggs they produce. However, if this occurs, their egg production would be significantly reduced.

Salmonella is unlikely to be found in well-cooked eggs, unlike raw eggs. Ducks, on the other hand, are less likely to be injured by them.

However, the flavor of well-cooked eggs differs from the flavor of raw eggs.

Consequently, they are unlikely to persuade your ducks to consume the eggs they have deposited in their nests.

What Are the Ways of Feeding Eggs to Ducks

You can either boil the egg or make a scrambled egg out of it to feed your ducks.

In the case of adult ducks, eggshells can be included (which provides extra calcium).

However, leave the eggshells out for the ducklings. Your small pets won’t be able to eat them, and too much calcium can harm their organs.


Ducks will consume cooked eggs, whether they come from chickens or ducks.

Eggs for ducks and ducklings should not be seasoned or seasoned with any spices or salts.

On the other hand, Ducks may experience digestive distress as a result of ingesting salt and spices.

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Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books


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