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(Prompted by an interesting radio show on ducks and duck eggs).

For general uses, in either an egg-only dish, or an egg-centric dish like a custard or quiche, can I use eggs other than chicken eggs?

Other than the obvious that the volume of the dish will vary, and perhaps the cooking time, can I make a fried quail egg on toast, or a duck egg quiche? Or for that matter, to echo another recent question, a soft-boiled ostrich egg - presumably with lots of dipping toast!

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More or less, yes. Just know that eggs of different species have different "flavors." There may be some issues with substituting in dishes due to varying fat content of the yolks and such...

I've had duck and goose egg quiches. I've had fried quail eggs on toast. I have yet to try an ostrich or emu egg.

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I have had all the above and an ostrich egg (lived near an ostrich farm when I was a teenager), and yeah, different species taste different. Duck eggs seem to be a bit richer in flavour than chicken eggs, etc. I believe McGee lists fat contents of various species' eggs, but I lent the bible to a friend of mine. –  daniel Sep 24 '10 at 3:39
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