bird testicles

various dates

See also: Parting a Bird.

Unlike with mammals, bird testicles do not descend and remain inside the body. They are located high in the body cavity behind the stomach, and look like whitish oversize kidneys.

I have harvested rooster and drake testicles from the animals I raised in my backyard.

duck testicles


aka duck fries, aka white kidneys

I processed some of my ducks today: six Pekins, one Rouen and while I was at it, also an excess rooster. (Pic1) The Pekins weren't mature, so there was only the one set of testicles donated by the Rouen drake. For such a tiny bird, those testicles are surprisingly large.

Duck testicles can be purchased online for about $15/lb. and are sold as a big restaurant delicacy at about $150/lb. (hint, hint)

The flavor reminds me of beef or pork brains, with the same creamy texture. I loved that stuff as a kid. It is too bad that brains are no longer considered safe for consumption since Mad Cow disease.


This is what you need for each serving:

  • 1 pair per person
    no pun intended
  • olive oil
  • S&P


  • Wash and butterfly the testicles, cutting from the rounded outer edge inward.
  • Sauté in olive oil.
  • Add S&P to taste.
    Be generous with the pepper.
  • Serve with lemon juice.


Pic1: harvesting the organs
Pic2: rooster testicles - 2017-02-28
Pic3: duck testicles - 2015-05-27


Pic4: butterflied
Pic5: pan-frying
Pic6: pan-fried

Rooster & duck testicles on the internet

Pictures below were borrowed from the internet.

Rooster testicle stew is very popular in Hungary as a street vendor item and is often cooked together with cockscombs. (Pic9)

Compared to that, duck testicles appear to be more of a high-end luxury item for fancy restaurants.


Pic7: rooster testicles
Pic8: Hungarian rooster testicle stew
Pic9: rooster comb & testicle stew


Pic10: duck testicles
Pic11: battered, deep-fried
Pic12: with spiced lentils