Ducks

Muscovy

Best Ducks For Rural Homesteaders

A review on: Muscovy
bunzsudz

Pros: Hardy, great foragers, excellent mothers, prolific producers, great meat birds, high-quality eggs, can fly (helps to escape predation), many colors...

Cons: Longer claws than most ducks (because they are "roosting" birds), have to clip wings or pinion birds to keep them in open pens.

I have had Muscovies off and on for many years, along with numerous other breeds of ducks. I love all duck breeds, but the lowly Muscovy is truly the survivor and thriver of the duck world. They lay high-quality eggs (not as many as some of the non-setting egg laying breeds of duck), are fantastic setters and mothers (I have had Muscovy hens that will hatch out well over 20 eggs at a time, with...
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Affectionate laying machines!!!
Affectionate laying machines!!!

White Campbell

Pros: Amazing layer, very easily tamed, calm personality and did I mention beautiful.

Cons: Noisy and Males can over breed females.

Beautiful vocal ducks!!!
Beautiful vocal ducks!!!

Call Duck

Pros: Pretty, low maintenance, showy, water lover, economical eaters and so many colours varieties!!!

Cons: Noisy, messy for there size & don't cope well if separated from any members of the flock.

Nice birds, kind of stupid
Nice birds, kind of stupid

Cayuga

Pros: Very welcoming to new birds, beautiful

Cons: Slow growing, kind of stupid, willful

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Ancona

Ancona

“ I've had Anconas for over a year now, after admiring them for awhile before then. I LOVE them. My two hens are fantastic egg-layers. Since they started laying early this spring, they hardly ever miss a day (except for my hen who went broody - she took a few weeks off during incubation, and then about 1-1/2 weeks after they hatched she is back at it!). They are also quite calm and friendly,...” --wordgirl

100% Positive Reviews
Aylesbury

Aylesbury

“ seem like a good breed, if i had the room i would probably raise a batch of them they seem like they would be a good 4h starter show bird...considering i dont see many of this breed in my class ... that breed looks like a reserve champion waiting to happen  ” --cowgirlHH

100% Positive Reviews
Blue Khaki Campbell, Blue coloration of the common khaki campbell.

Blue Khaki Campbell, Blue coloration of the common khaki campbell.

Blue Khaki Campbells are a color variation of the popular Khaki Campbell. They are brown and light blueish gray. They are a very rare coloration.

Blue Swedish

Blue Swedish

“ 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...” --SouthDakotan

93% Positive Reviews
Call Duck

Call Duck

“   I love call ducks!  They are the ideal duck for persons with not much room for bigger ducks.  To those close to neighbors, I suggest a pen of males as the hens are vocal.   These ducks are quick and efficient insect and worm eradicaters.  Provide them with a kiddie pool for hours of amusement.  With one wing clipped, they won't fly off.  They are...” --NajmoNests

100% Positive Reviews
Cayuga

Cayuga

“These are definitely ducks with personality and individuality! I have three and I'm extremely happy with this breed. They are strikingly beautiful and fun-loving, and quite intelligent. They run all over my yard and LOVE snatching up every slug and snail they can find, playing in the sprinkler, and trying new things to nibble on.  Mine are just over a month old at the time of this...” --Ibicella

94% Positive Reviews
Crested White

Crested White

“ I love this breed honestly. They are really friendly with me and the other animals in the yard. They are the center of attention when people come around. I recommend this duck. ” --ChampionAlex

100% Positive Reviews
Dark Campbell

Dark Campbell

Dark Campbells are a color variation of the popular Khaki Campbell. They are a dark, almost chocolate color. Unfortunately, the Dark Campbell coloration did not find favor after the second world war and declined to almost critical levels. Today, there are very few Dark Campbells left. Dark Campbells are usually used for showing. Mr. H.R.S. Humphreys developed the Dark Campbell color for sex...

Dendermonde, and other lost breeds

Dendermonde, and other lost breeds

The Dendermonde is an Archaic landrace from Belgium, and is believed to have sired all the other North European Landraces (Swedish, Shetland, Huttegem, Termonde, Pomeranian, and Danish)