Duck Egg

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Age Suggestion: 6 months +
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Common Allergen: Yes (
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May cause allergic reactions.

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two duck eggs on a table before being prepared for babies starting solid food

When can babies eat duck eggs?

Eggs (from chicken, duck, quail, and other fowl) may be introduced as soon as baby is ready to start solids, which is generally around 6 months of age.

Fun fact: Because the yolk of duck eggs is larger—and larger in proportion to the egg white—duck eggs are more nutritious than chicken eggs.

Zuri, 9 months, eats hard-boiled duck egg for the first time.
Jasmin, 13 months, tries hard-boiled duck egg.
Adie, 19 months, tastes a hard-boiled duck egg.

Are duck eggs healthy for babies?

Yes! Duck eggs (and eggs in general) are a terrific source of fat and protein, plus they contain lots of iron and even some zinc—two nutrients that babies really need to thrive.

In fact, eggs (particularly the yolks) contain almost every vitamin (with the exception of vitamin C) and duck eggs have tons of selenium and B-vitamins, especially vitamin B12. Eggs are also one of the best sources of cholesterol and choline—two important nutrients for bone building, brain development, and cellular growth. Best of all: eggs are one of the only food sources of vitamin D, which helps our bodies absorb calcium to power bone growth.

Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods that you can give to your baby, but be careful that they are fully cooked before serving. Eggs may contain salmonella, which can result in a bacterial disease in the intestinal tract.

Are duck eggs a common choking hazard for babies?

They can be. The best preparation of eggs for babies starting solids is via an omelet, which not only reduces the risk of choking compared to, say, a hard boiled egg, but integrates the nutritious yolk into each bite.

For more information, visit our section on gagging and choking and familiarize yourself with common choking hazards.

Are duck eggs a common allergen?

Yes. Eggs are among the top food allergens—second only to milk.1 That said, it is estimated that only 2% of children have an egg allergy. Fortunately, many children outgrow egg allergies.2

When you are introducing eggs to your baby for the first time, it’s best to start with a small quantity, for example, letting your baby munch on one small slice of an omelet for a small amount of time, such as a minute or two. Some babies have severe reactions to even the smallest amount of eggs, so watch carefully for signs of an allergy or sensitivity.

Allergic reactions vary, from watery eyes, hives, rashes, wheezing, itching, facial swelling, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, and tummy cramps. If the reaction is severe, and/or if your baby is flushed or having trouble breathing, call 9-1-1 immediately, as your baby may be experiencing anaphylactic shock.

While fear of food allergies seems to be at an all-time high, modern science is demonstrating the benefits of introducing food allergens as soon as your baby is ready to start solids. For more detailed information on how to introduce common food allergens, check out our guide, Introducing Allergens to Babies.

How do you prepare duck eggs for babies with baby-led weaning?

6 to 12 months old: Make an omelet (making sure the egg inside is fully cooked and not runny) and cut rectangular strips for your baby to hold with their fist. To encourage self-feeding, hand the egg strip to your baby in the air. Once your baby’s pincer grasp develops (where the thumb and pointer finger meet), move on to the next stage. At this age you can also incorporate egg into any dish as long as the egg is well cooked.

12 to 18 months old: Continue with rectangular omelet strips until your baby’s pincer grasp forms (where the thumb meets the pointer finger) at which point you can cut those same strips into little bite size squares. This is also an excellent time to introduce hard-boiled eggs (quarter or slice in thin rounds with an egg slicer) and egg salad.

18 to 24 months old: At this age you may find yourself not thinking about how to serve eggs because your baby has gotten so good at eating them! Note that it’s not uncommon for babies who once loved eggs as 6 month olds to stop eating eggs after their first birthday. Some suggest this may be an increased awareness to the smell. If this happens to you, don’t worry and try introducing eggs in fun shapes, using cookie cutters, muffin tins, and other fun presentations.

If your menu could use a refresh, check out our 100 Dinners for Babies & Toddlers.

Recipe: First Deviled Eggs

eight deviled duck egg halves on a white background

Ingredients

  • Duck eggs
  • Mayonnaise
  • Water

Directions

  1. Place a few duck eggs in a small saucepan and cover completely with water. Cover the pan and bring the water to a gentle boil, and then turn off the heat. Let the pan sit, covered, for 10 minutes more. Transfer the eggs to a bowl of ice or ice water.
  2. Once cool, peel the shell and cut each egg in half. Scoop out the yolks into a bowl, and place the whites on a baby plate.
  3. Add a dollop or two of mayonnaise to the bowl with the yolks, then mash and stir until the mixture is smooth and there are no lumps.
  4. Fill each egg half with a dollop of the yolk mixture. Serve and enjoy the mess!

Flavor Pairings

Eggs pair well with almost anything! Try adding veggies, mushrooms, and a variety of cheeses to your omelets and serve alongside salmon, asparagus, and sautéed greens.

  1. Food Allergy Research & Education. Egg Allergy. Retrieved March 28, 2020
  2. Food Allergy Research & Education. Egg Allergy. Retrieved March 28, 2020