Crested Ducks

Crested duck

Crested ducks are a domestic breed with fairly unknown origins, even though their existence dates back more than 2,000 years. These regal looking poultry birds were traditionally kept for meat and eggs but are now largely kept as pets. History of the Crested Ducks Members of this breed are often believed to have found their […]

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Can You Keep Ducks As Pets? Everything You Need To Know

Ducks are most commonly kept as egg and meat birds on homesteads or even in large backyards, but they can also be raised as entertaining and affable pets, as well. These adorable poultry birds can make great pets, as long as keepers do not expect them to behave like a pet store bird or a […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 – […]

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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 […]

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Pekin Duck Breed: Everything You Need To Know

Pekin Duck Breed- Everything You Need To Know

Pekin ducks are one of the most popular breeds kept in the United States both in backyards and on homesteads across the country. Pekin ducks are a multi-purpose breed, meaning they have traditionally been raised both for egg and meat production. The docile and sometimes affectionate nature of Pekin ducks have also earned them intense […]

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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 […]

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Khaki Campbell Duck: Everything You Need To Know

Khaki Campbell Duck- Everything You Need To Know

Khaki Campbell ducks are one the most popular domesticated breeds kept in the United States. This attractive breed was created by crossing Runner, Fawn, and Rouen ducks. Some historical accounts also indicate Khaki Campbell ducks were crossed with wild Mallard ducks, but some others do not. They are a superb multi-purpose duck breed for both […]

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How To Incubate Duck Eggs

Incubating duck eggs in an incubator is a bit more complicated than hatching chicken eggs the same way. Most incubators are designed to be used for both types of eggs. But, although it is fairly commonplace on homesteads, attempting to hatch both chicken and duck eggs at the same time is often problematic.  While some […]

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