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Blue Swedish

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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

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Pros: EVERYTHING

Cons: TEND TO BE FAT

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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. These photos aren't recent, he's very large now with a big ole booty on him and some awesome feathers. Love the blue color.  Great animal and will keep you entertained. 

 

 

 

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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.

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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.

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Pros: BLACK EGGS! also good foragers, don't need a lot of food, alert for hawks, funny/entertaining

Cons: their high activity destroys and erodes some things

Swedish ducks are so funny. They love to tunnel their big noses into the dirt, and dive underwater for several seconds before popping up someplace else. They stand on "hawk alert" when airplanes pass by. They are smart too, though not as smart as geese, which they copy and try to "graze" grass (they have managed to do this by grabbing a tuft of grass, quickly twisting their heads to tear it, and swallowing). They lay good eggs, usually white but our two black females lay "black" eggs, darker than anything else I've seen IRL or online. Here's a picture.

 

It actually looks a little lighter in the picture than it actually was. Unfortunately I gave them a little too much white oyster shell. For some reason the eggs have gotten progressively lighter, bluish-grayish. Still neat though and very tasty. Recommended if you want a nice dual purpose or pet duck.

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Pros: I'm not sure about egg laying since these are young, but they are pretty

Cons: They're very afraid and not friendly like chickens.

I wonder if their personality is a breed line trait?  I'm not sure I'll keep them.  I posted them to craigs but won't let them go cheap since they've been so much work. 

These guys are messy and not something I'd keep in a brooder again.  I should have had a coop area. Some where easier to clean.  

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Pros: Good mothering egg laying is pretty good.

Cons: Very afraid of people.

This duck will give a good amount of eggs and mother its ducklings. If you want it for kids I do not recommend because they are very afraid. 

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Pros: funny, great layers, nice to chickens and other ducks, ideal size

Cons: scared

They are a great breed. My cousin gave me 5 for free because a mother hatched out 12 and she had no idea. They lay great in the spring. They mess up water, like every other duck. There is a baby female that has a really funny quack because she was raised by a chicken and had a chicken sister, so she thinks she is a chicken. When I say they are ideal size, I don't mean they are great meat birds. I mean that they are big enough to defend themselves okay and they are small enough where they're not easy fox pickings. They can get up in the air if they need too, but they usually don't. 

Blue Swedish
Description:

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.

Details:
DetailValue
Breed Colors/VarietiesRust
Breed Colors/VarietiesChocolate
Breed Colors/VarietiesSplash
Breed Colors/VarietiesBlack
Breed Colors/VarietiesBlue
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
Models:
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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