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Mar 22, 2013 01:12 PM

Turkey eggs

Can people eat turkey eggs? I wonder why it is not popular to eat turkey eggs.

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  1. From what I understand, there are several reasons.

    One is that turkey eggs are more valuable for producing more turkeys, as turkeys aren't as productive as, say, chickens.

    Another is that because of the above, turkey feed apparently isn't approved for egg production. A lot of stuff passes from what a bird is fed directly into the eggs, & since turkey eggs aren't a commercial product, turkeys are apparently allowed to be fed foodstuffs that wouldn't be allowed laying chickens.

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    1. re: Bacardi1

      In the summertime when I was a kid I worked on a ranch, every other sunday the rancher would go fishing on a huge pond he had on the place. He would catch tons of catfish. He'd clean them and the guts would go into a bucket and then get fed to the turkeys, I never tasted an egg, but I can imagine.

    2. Yes you can eat Turkey Eggs and they taste the almost the same as Chicken Eggs. They are richer because they have a larger Yolk to white ratio.
      The problem will be getting them. Unless you raise Turkeys or know some one who does, they are not readily available for sale.

      1. Yes, they are completely edible. However unless you know a farmer that raises what are now marketed as "heritage" breeds it will be very hard to find them.

        Most US turkeys are raised to be breast heavy and because of this they cannot breed on their own or for that matter they can barely walk. Because of this they need to be artificially inseminated in order to produce eggs to create more turkeys. These eggs are not sold for consumption due to the demand for more turkey (never mind I can't imagine they would taste anything like a fresh turkey egg.)

        If you haven't read it you might want to read "Animal Vegetable Miracle". There is a really humorous chapter on getting turkey to mate!

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        1. re: foodieX2

          A hen turkey does not need to be inseminated to produce an egg. The hen turkeys raised for meat production are generally sent to the processor before regular ovulation is common. A female turkey does not start to ovulate until about 30 weeks of age. Most are sent to slaughter by 18 weeks. They probably wouldn't do well at it anyway because by 30 weeks they would probably weigh 75 pounds and not be able to move.

          A chicken will lay an egg (ovulate) about once a day, in the morning but will start the process later each day so she actually averages one egg every 27-28 hours or so.

          1. re: John E.

            That's what the proprietor of the local poultry farm told me when I asked why he sells chicken eggs but not turkey, when he raises both birds. They are killed before they reach laying age.

        2. Here's my post about some local turkey eggs on the SF Bay Area board,

          1. I've picked them up at farmers markets here in the US occasionally. Much bigger and richer tasting. Duck eggs too. Guineafowl eggs are smaller than chicken eggs and very light flavored and creamy, but the shells are very thick and hard to crack without making a mess. I had them both from farmers markets here, and straight from my mothers ancestral farm in Wales.