Buff Orpington Duck Breed: Everything You Need To Know

Buff Orpington Duck Breed- Everything You Need To Know

Buff Orpington ducks are a friendly and docile multi-purpose breed of poultry bird. These attractive ducks are often kept solely as farm pets or “pond ornaments” due to their affable nature and graceful beauty.

A Buff Orpington duck (sometimes called just Buff, for short) is also a quality meat bird. While the Pekin duck breed reigns supreme in the United States from a duck meat perspective, this breed has also traditionally been kept globally for… [Read More]

Welsh Harlequin Duck: Everything You Need To Know

Welsh Harlequin Duck- Everything You Need To Know

Welsh Harlequin ducks are known for both their quality egg production and their avid desire to procreate. So much so in fact, that you only need one drake (male duck) to service an entire flock of hens. – female ducks. 

This popular duck breed is a relatively young one. Welsh Harlequin ducks were created after a unique genetic “mishap” with some Khaki Campbell ducklings. Like the majority of domesticated duck breeds,… [Read More]

Magpie Duck Breed: Everything You Need To Know

Magpie ducks are not necessarily as popular or well known as the Pekin, Khaki Campbell, or even the Indian Runner breeds, but they do have an extremely devoted keeper and breeder community. 

The hens of this breed are proficient layers of quality eggs. Both hens and drakes (mature male ducks) are excellent meat birds – if keepers can stand to butcher these incredibly adorable and sociable ducks.

Magpie Duck History

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Indian Runner Duck Breed: Everything You Need To Know

Indian Runner Duck Breed- Everything You Need To Know

Indian Runner ducks boast one of the most distinctive body styles in the entire duck world. Members of this breed actually look a lot more like penguins or feathered bowling pins at first glance than either domesticated or wild ducks. But, unlike penguins they do not waddle and can actually run rather quickly.

When Indian Runner ducks were first imported to the United States they were often referred to as “Penguin Ducks.” Ducks of this… [Read More]

Ancona Duck Breed: Everything You Need To Know

Ancona Duck Breed - Everything You Need To Know

Ancona ducks are a calm and multi-purpose duck breed that are quite popular with backyard keepers and large homesteaders alike – when they can be found. In fact, it is their love of this breed by keepers that has helped save them from extinction during the past decade.

The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy designated Ancona ducks as critically endangered in 2015. In 2000, there were only 125 known breeding Ancona ducks in the United… [Read More]