[help] Duck eggs vs chicken eggs

O mighty blogospheric brain, Dad and I are bedeviling ourselves with a question not easily disgorged from teh Google.

Why, in the United States (and possibly Western culture in general) does agriculture very strongly favor chicken eggs over duck eggs? Are ducks less productive or less hardy? Historical accident? Other factors?

3 thoughts on “[help] Duck eggs vs chicken eggs

  1. my understanding was always that they were somewhat less productive and somewhat (maybe a lot!) more protective. Also, aren’t the shells thicker, and hence more difficult to deal with?

  2. Phiala says:

    Ease of domestication of land fowl vs waterfowl & nonmigratory. Also, possible that chickens are more genetically plastic than ducks.

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