Can you believe it? Spring arrived just last week and now Easter is only a few days away! This means it’s almost time to decorate hard-cooked eggs destined for hiding places then dropped into baskets, and landing in our bellies soon thereafter. Before we drop the eggs into our dye pots, let’s look at some of the farm animals that lay these little round canvases.
Chicken eggs are the most common eggs eaten in the U.S. and decorated for the Easter holiday. Backyard chicken keeping is on the rise in cities and suburbs and it is no wonder why–people of all ages feel a rush of excitement and joy when receiving their very own day-old chicks to raise for delicious fresh eggs.
Do you raise ducks for eggs or have plans to add this animal to your farm or homestead? When choosing any farm animal to raise, it’s important to become familiar with the different breeds first—ducks are no exception to this rule.
All domestic duck breeds originate from the wild Mallard (above) except for the Muscovy (below). Certain breeds need more space than others and some fly. For example, Muscovies are typically raised as meat birds. Their love of flight helps them build large breast muscles and strong, meaty legs. In the spirit of Easter, we celebrate duck breeds that boast annual egg production that can out-compete chickens. Khaki Campbells, Welsh Harlequins, and Indian Runners are incredible egg layers. These breeds can lay over 300 hard-shelled porcelain-looking white eggs each year!
Running Short on Time for Egg Decorating?
Chickens aren’t the only animals that lay edible eggs perfect for Easter celebrations. While quail eggs may be small, they are speckled beauties that nature pre-decorated for us. Perhaps you’ve seen quail eggs at a local farmers market or raise a small flock? They are quite delicious hard-cooked or served fried on top of smashed mashed potatoes and arugula.
Do you have an egg decorating tip, tasty egg recipe or maybe a duck, chicken, or quail keeping story you wish to share? Comments are always welcome. Happy Easter!