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Aug 5, 2007 10:27 PM

Where can I find Gulls Eggs?

I have an old recipe book that calls for using 'gulls eggs'. Is there any source for these in the SF Bay area, and what are they? (Seagulls eggs???) Thanks all in advance!

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        1. Yes, that would be "sea"gulls (my bird-nerd friends will tell you there's no such thing as a "seagull"). I don't think the eggs are commercially available. Gull eggs were used in the Gold Rush days only because hens' eggs weren't available -- there were more gulls than chickens in the Bay Area. A couple of species of seabirds on the Farallons were virtually wiped out because of the demand for eggs. I think the only way to get gull eggs is to go out and raid the nests yourself, which I don't recommend (gulls being large birds with nasty tempers).

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          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            Thanks Ruth! I'm sure not going to go after the eggs myself! Guess I'll have to give up on the authenticity of this one.

          2. Given what they eat I would advise using chicken eggs instead.

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            1. re: dhoffman1421

              Thanks D -- whew.. yes. probably still traces of DDT for all we know.