Why we only eat chicken eggs & not any other birds?

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Why are only chicken eggs sold in stores? Farmers markets, organic or speciality stores may sell quail eggs, but what about geese, turkeys, and ducks?

Chicken eggs are economical

Every 25 hours, young hens ovulate. Eggs are expelled whether fertilized or not. Young hens lay 250 to 300 eggs every year until their second year.

As low-maintenance pets, chickens are ideal for industrial egg production. But what about ducks, geese, and quail?

Duck Eggs: Edible but time-consuming to cook

It's true that duck eggs are safe to eat. Because they are more flavorful than chicken eggs, they have long been regarded as a delicacy.

Between February and May, ducks lay eggs. Ducks require more attention than hens. Never eat them uncooked because they've been linked to salmonella.

Goose Eggs: Edible but less common

Large, gorgeous geese eggs are edible and have a robust flavor. If you are able to obtain some and wish to cook them, you need allot at least 10 minutes for cooking.

Female geese only lay eggs from January to June, and their annual egg production is far smaller than that of hens, at about 40 eggs.

Quail Eggs: Edible but cruel business

Some organic grocery stores and farmers markets may carry quail eggs. They're just as healthy and taste just like chicken eggs, but they're a lot smaller.

Quail eggs are delicious, but their production is brutal. Quails are often housed in tiny cages and subjected to artificial light 24 hours a day.

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