Before you head out into the woods to go hunting for wild bird eggs, you might want to double-check your local laws. Hunting songbird and game bird eggs are prohibited in most states in the United States. So getting some old-fashioned wild egg nutrition may only be advisable after doing some research about local laws.
However, if you are starving and come across a non-endangered bird’s nest, you can poach, fry, or hard-boil them to satisfy your hunger. Raw eggs were once considered safe to consume; however, they are frowned upon and deemed unsafe to consume these days.
Learn all about wild egg nutrition and how it can benefit anyone’s diet.
Wild Bird Eggs for Food
It was standard practice to collect wild bird eggs for human consumption for the most part of human history. The good news is that there are no dangerous wild bird eggs to worry about.
Once you’ve found a nest, you should observe the eggs carefully to determine their current stage of development before deciding whether you should eat them or not. This can be accomplished by candling or lighting up the eggs, which is merely shining a light through the eggs. You can do this to many kinds of eggs, however, please note that some bird species lay eggs that are not translucent, so this technique will not work properly on those.
Candles were once used to light the way in the olden days, thus giving rise to the name. As soon as you flashlight through the eggs, you can see if the embryo has developed. A fresh egg will look clear, but when the embryo develops, you will notice a reddish-brown region with blood veins flowing outward from it. If the egg seems dark, you have a whole chick in the egg.
The fact that the embryo is still developing does not prevent you from consuming the egg’s contents. You must be starving or have a strong stomach before attempting this feat. If you are cracking several eggs simultaneously, I recommend you break them first in a separate dish to not contaminate the entire batch if one is bad. Hard-boiling the eggs is a great method to preserve an egg’s calories.
Goose eggs, approximately twice a chicken egg, are the largest egg you can find in the United States. Goose nests are among the easiest to find. However, you must be aware because geese will fight hard to prevent you from taking their eggs. Geese commonly lay eggs in March or April, but it depends on the weather. It takes around 5 weeks for their eggs to hatch. Most wild game and songbirds will lay their eggs during the spring and early summer.
Take some time to observe the birds that inhabit your area, as well as where to find their nesting sites. If you don’t take all their eggs and leave the majority intact, they will continue to lay in the same spot, giving you a long-term supply of wild eggs.
Eggs Nutrition Stats
These egg nutrition stats are for large eggs in general, and should not be taken as advice for all types of eggs.
- 72 calories
- 0g carbohydrates
- 6g protein
- 5g total fat
- 1.5g saturated fat (8% DV)
- 0g fiber
- 0g sugar
- 69mg potassium (1% DV)
- 6mg magnesium (1% DV)
- 28mg calcium
- 0.8mg iron (3% DV)
- 99mg phosphorus
- 0.08mg vitamin B6 (5% DV)
- 0.45 mcg vitamin B12 (10% DV)
- 270 IU vitamin A
- 41 IU vitamin D (11% DV)
Edible Wild Bird Eggs
Eggs are an essential part of any diet, and while there may be some debate on whether they can be eaten raw, wild eggs make a brilliant choice. The wild bird eggs you find should not be harmful to eat and will provide you with a significant number of essential nutrients.
There are many additional species of edible bird eggs available, each with a unique nutritional profile and flavor.
- Chicken eggs
- Goose eggs
- Duck eggs
- Turkey eggs
- Emu eggs
- Pheasant eggs
- Quail eggs
Author’s Note to Wild Egg Nutrition
Wild bird eggs are not dangerous to eat and make a perfect choice for a diet that’s looking for diverse nutrients. With that said, there is some debate on whether or not to consume them raw because of their potential contaminants. But the protein and vitamin content are essential for any healthy diet!
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