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Blue Swedish


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: 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.


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.  


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. 


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. 


Pros: Great Pets, Calm and Cool Looking

Cons: Not Many

I love these ducks, they were the first I had bought. They have big eggs, some have double yolks. They can produce 3 different types of ducklings with their genes. They can produce Black Swedish, Splash Swedish and Blue Swedish Ducklings. I highly recommend them for pets, eggs and breeding.


Pros: Awesome, adorable, and absolutely amazing!

Cons: They breed. All the time.

I have 5 ducks, though I originally got 7. Mostly the ducks look like Blue Swiss, but I had one Cayuga looking one that was beautiful.


I don't know if this is just normal for a duck or not, but my two drakes are ALWAYS breeding. I've gotten to the point where I spray them with the hose on full blast when they chase the girls too much. Other than that, they are very easy going, and seem to be very trustworthy. Not to mention I like the gray! I've never had a health problem with them, aside from a raccoon attack, but that wasn't from them. My Charlotte looks just like the duck in the picture, but with less white on her neck. No ducklings have come yet, but already Alexis (White female with gray bill) is showing excellent mothering skills.


Love 'em!


Pros: Mellow, mostly "muttering" ducks

Cons: Mine are skittish/afraid of people

Got mine second hand, the drakes look like they're a Swedish/Mallard mix (dark body, white bib, green head) and the ducks are tan/white, sometimes popping up into a runner stance. Wish they weren't so skittish (run from me, can't look them in the eye or they hide), but they're fairly quiet just a quiet muttering chatter until they squabble a little then it's "quack quack" for a minute or two, then all settles down again. At least they've made friends with one of my neighbor's chickens, who free ranges in our yard ;-) maybe they'll warm up to me, they are seeming to get the idea that I bring the water and food, so they wait until I turn towards the door to the run, and then make a beeline to the water and feed.


These are very good ducks! They are very tame, and love attention. The one thing is they have some leg problems, because their legs are so short. But overall they make great pets! And they are very smart, and food driven! They are also ver beautiful birds!

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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