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Blue Swedish


Pros: So amazingly friendly, very trainable, chatty

Cons: Can be loud. If you have neighbors they may not love Swedish Blues as much as I do for this reason. They fly like a thrown brick.

We have a drake and two ladies for him.  They are a joy.  They are our ducky order patrol, parading the property, checking in on the other animals, offering suggestions, keeping everyone in line and making sure we all are in our proper places.  They are the epitome of duck sense.  All three will tolerate being held and petted, and bob their heads and call Quaaak-WAK-wak-wak-wak-wak to each other and the human flock hoping it might be treat time.  They seem to add a measure of security to the coop and yard, and I have seen them as a flock chase off cats.  They do well ruling over a small chicken flock and are as ducks go low mess so long as you keep their swimming and sleeping spots well separated.


Generally super sweet and just happy to be a buddy duck.



Pros: beautiful, quiet

Cons: none yet

I have a male an he is super sweet. He is the prettiest duck I have an hes always so quiet. He doesnt like to be picked up but none of my other ducks do either so I dont see that as a con. I cant wait til I can get more blue swedish!!


Pros: Beautiful coloring, the nicest duck I own.

Cons: Heavy. This is bad for small hens.

        I have one Blue Swedish drake named Gareth. He knows his name, and is the only duck out of twelve that like to be pet. He eats corn from my hand. He will protect the hens, and is always on the watch for hawks. He is very stern toward the other three drakes, but if it was not him, it would be one of the others. He is very kind towards the girls. He has accidentally hurt two Black Swedish hens while mating because he is so heavy, but he would never mean to. He waits outside the nests while they lay. I love him, and would like to have more.


Pros: Beautiful, friendly, entertaining, smart

Cons: Mine happens to be very talkative.

My Blue Swedish sure is interesting. When we got him he was in a batch of assorted ducks, and at the time we didn't know what he was other than cute. Later I identified him as a Blue Swedish. Being one of the first ducks we've ever had, I'm not sure what to compare him to or what to judge him off of. Interaction is on his terms only, however, he often comes up to me and picks on me. Always interested in the pants I'm wearing, what my hair tastes like, or if my shoes have laces :rolleyes: (he can untie shoes in under 40 seconds, rather talented bird) All and all he's a good boy and a joy to have around. My cons are he's very talkative and LOUD when he quacks and very messy. It seems like I had to earn his affection. Wouldn't recommend to anyone that has neighbors that mind noise. Luckily we don't have close neighbors so he can quack as loud as he wants to. Good thing is, because of Sage here, if anything or anyone gets close to the barn I know about it. Love the blue color.  Great animal and will keep you entertained. 







UPDATE**** 3/3/15---------------

So Sage, is actually a hen. She is now 9 months old and laying a perfect, large egg for me every day. Not always in the same spot... but every day. I still have no regrets, and as she has matured isn't as loud. She's a sweet girl, and I adore her. Would recommend to anyone, as you can see, she is beautiful!






This is a picture of her first egg, pictured with my leghorn and polish's eggs. 




Pros: Sweet, very friendly

Cons: Can't think of any

I picked up a Swedish for me when I got my daughter a Khaki Campbell. I love my baby. It will follow me around and always wants to be held. Can't wait to find out if it is a boy or a girl.


Pros: Cold Hardy, Quiet, moderately good Egg layer

They are often simply called Swedish. Some will be Blue (Gray) in color, but Blue Swedish is only one of the colors you will find in this breed. Their Blue color is due to heteozygosity and if a Swedish Blue duck and drake breed, the young are the usual 25% / 50% / 25% ratio in:

  • 25%: A homozygous form, black where the blue should be.
  • 50%: As the parents.
  • 25%: The other homozygous form, splashed or silver with combinations of blue and black and white.

  It is a landrace originating in northern Germany.The Swedish Blue duck is a medium sized bird, male weighs between 3-4 kg,and the female usually weighs 2,5-3,5 kg. Swedish Blue ducks are very calm birds and make good beginner's ducks. They produce 100 eggs per year of 80-90 g weight. They love to free range. Said to go broody.

[edit]Distribution:  It is considered to be an endangered breed. This breed of duck is listed as watch by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy


Pros: Good Layers, Relatively Quiet, Very attractive

Cons: A bit flighty


This was my first breed of ducks, and I absolutely love them. My girls laid all winter, an egg every single day. They're beautiful and were great for eating down the weeds around my raised garden beds. Can't recommend them enough.


Pros: Very quiet, sweet, gentle

Cons: Poop machines, Predator bait(when ducklings)

My blues are by far my quietest ducks! They are very sweet and gentle, I've never had one bite me or attack any other birds, however they do seem to enjoy making a mess wink.png . The only bad things about them is they seem to get eaten easily as ducklings and are poop machines!!!




We have a mated pair of "Swedish." They are pretty hefty birds and so the grandkids named them "Mac" and "Wendy." Very sweet temperament and very beautiful. Wendy laid her first egg this morning and as you can see next to one of our hen's eggs it is a lovely greenish grey. It got a bit beat up because it was laid on the ground in the middle of the yard and probably got tripped over by the other 8 ducks and 5 chickens that share that enclosure.











Pros: sweet, smart, cute

Cons: rebellious, sassy

I have 3 blue Swedish as well as other colored Swedes, I got mine when they were 3 days old, they seemed a bit skittish at times but they were not that bad as mallards that I had and they weren't that bad. Now that they are full grown they wander around free range on 4 acre property. very smart, when they need food or water they wait on my back porch and at night they know when to go in their hutch. The only bad thing about them is that there have been more bugs at night so they like to stay out later, which makes them difficult to get them in at night, but other than that, they act like spoiled brats and talk back to you. They are such a great joy to have and my neighbors love them.

Blue Swedish

They were first imported into the USA in the late 1800's. The foundation stock of the blue Swedish duck was being raised by farmers in Pomerania, which at that time was part of the Kingdom of Sweden. Blue Swedish Ducks were admitted into the American Standard of Perfection 1904.

Breed Colors/VarietiesRust
Breed Colors/VarietiesChocolate
Breed Colors/VarietiesSplash
Breed Colors/VarietiesBlack
Breed Colors/VarietiesBlue
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Breed Details:

Scientific name is; Anas platyrhynchos domesticus Blue Swedish is a medium sized duck that weighs between 6 1/2 to 8 pounds; the male usually weighs more than the female. Blue Swedish ducks are very calm and make good ducks for beginners and will go broody. Blue is the standard but there is also Black, Silver, Yellow and Splashed color patterns. Standard specifies that the outer two or three wing flight feathers must be white. The Blue Swedish may also be crested. The Blue Swedish duck is considered a dual-purpose duck for both meat and eggs. The Blue Swedish lays mostly white eggs, but may lay an occasional blue or gray tinted egg. Thank you to JenniferK, Ducklover1, and QuailQT for permission to use their photos.


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