Green eggs


Our ducks seem to like to throw problems at us. First there was the dirty-egg dilemma, then the ducks-refusing-to-go-to-bed disaster, and now…their eggs have turned green.

No, I don’t mean the pretty tinge of color that’s sometimes present in a duck egg’s shell. Instead, about two weeks ago, I started cracking open duck eggs…and finding unpleasantly green yolks inside.

Green eggs

At first, I guessed that cold weather might be causing some kind of chemical reaction with the yolk, a bit like you sometimes get a green layer on the outside of a hard-boiled yolk. However, weather warmed up and the eggs stayed green, so I did a little research.

The consensus on the internet is that green duck eggs come about when your flock finds some sort of wild food — possibly acorns — that affects the yolk color. Luckily, the eggs are still safe to eat and seem to taste about the same. So, if you find some green eggs in your egg nests, don’t be like Dr. Seuss’s character and refuse to eat them. Instead, you may find yourself saying, “I do so like green eggs and ham. Thank you. Thank you, Sam-I-Am.”

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