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Khaki Campbell

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Pros: Great pets, smart, good layers.

Cons: Easily spooked

My Khaki's are certainly the favorite of my flock thus far. They are spoiled rotten and wonderful around people. They are skittish around children and are easily spooked by loud noises but calm down over time. They are very loving ducks and are more than happy to sleep on your feet or cuddle in your lap whenever you go outside and enjoy giving a loud greeting to their primary caretaker every time they walk past. Though I have never tried, they seem to be too small to be much in the way of meat but do lay nice large eggs year round. Overall, they are great, loving pets. Each has an outstanding and unique personality that makes raising them even more rewarding.

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Pros: Cute, easy to care for, very enjoyable, funny, did I already say cute? GREAT layers, good eggs, they are ducks.

Cons: Dirty, two males can lead to injured females, a raccoons favorite meal, scared usually, very dirty eggs.

I love my Khaki cambells! They are so funny also, I think they beat chickens by FAR:weee.  Easy to care for yet mine are very dirty with stinky water:sick. Oh well, what are you going to do? I love them to pieces:love.

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Pros: Friendly, quiet (unless they are hungry or being fed), HILARIOUS, smart, don't really fly, cold hardy, SUPER LAYERS

Cons: Poo. But they're ducks, so what do you want? Get a bit chatty when it's time to eat or be let out in the AM, but no neighbor complaints

We got 4 Khaki Campbells about 10 months ago and absolutely love them to pieces.  They started laying at about 5 months, and very rarely miss a day, even in winter.  We did lose one, I think to some kind of blockage.  :(  Otherwise they have all been totally healthy and great.  We also introduced an adult Cayuga a few months back, and after a little sizing each other up for the first couple of hours, they have all gotten along great.  

 

They are friendly, funny to watch, and pretty tame.  We got them as day olds and tried to handle them a lot when they were babies.  They are great foragers, eat from our hands (especially if we have peas or broccoli), and are even fairly easy to catch/pick up.  We have one in particular that actually waits behind the others when they're being put to bed at night, so she can get her cuddles.  :)  The only time they get a little noisy is when they are waiting to be let out in the morning, when they're being fed, or when they're letting us know they haven't been fed. :D  They will come right up on the patio to the back door and quack at us if we wait too long to feed them. :yiipchick

 

They have done great all winter long in their Dogloo house with a lamp, just at night.  All day long they have the run of the backyard.  They don't love the super cold temps, but as long as they have access to some kind of shelter they are fine.  They're absolutely hilarious to watch in the pool (a kiddie pool makes them happy), when they zoom around under the water and chase each other.  Then they get out, groom themselves dry, and hop right back in.  They can't get more than a few feet off the ground when they do fly, which isn't very often.

 

They are excellent layers, great pets, and fun to have around.  Get some Khakis, set up some chairs in your backyard, give them a pool, and don't get too close unless you wanna be splashed. Totally love our Khakis!! :love

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Pros: calm, smart, makes good pet

Cons: smaller than some

They are my calmest birds and are easiest to catch. They eat less than Pekins. I heard they also lay well, but mine are younger.

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Pros: Good Layer; Good Personality

Cons: Can be shy if not worked with as soon as possible

A very Pretty duck.  Their Khaki color is very appealing.  Has a good personalty if worked with continuously and from a young age, or will turn very shy.  Smaller duck with a lengthier appearance in my experiences.  good laying ability. 

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Pros: Good layers.Friendly with other poultry.

Cons: Shy to humans.

My gran gave me 2 for free.1 got eaten by a fox but the other is still well.

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Pros: Friendly with chickens and humans, good layer

Cons: A fairly large duck

Purchased my (what I hope is a girl) with the hens about 8 weeks ago at the feed store. Guy told me she was an Indian Runner, oops. Turns out, I think she is a White Campbell. She is a fairly large duck with pretty white plumage. The chickens adore her and folllow her everywhere. I hope she will stay a she, no curls yet...and lay good eggs. She has a great personality and is friendly with the other birds and humans. She isn't crazy about being caught, but likes to be stroked and takes naps in my lap. Her favorite treat is Spinach and meal worms.

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Pros: Excellent year-round layers, usually quiet

Cons: Nervous, shy personalities

We added 8 Khaki Campbells (hatchery quality) to our mixed flock about two years ago.  Although they can be bribed with defrosted frozen peas, they generally prefer to keep to themselves, and become excited when humans approach them.  We're planning to replace them with Welsh Harlequins when their laying careers are over. 

 

Their eggs are about USDA Large to XLarge size, which makes it easy to substitute for chicken eggs in recipes. We found their meat very tasty, what little of it there is.

 

They are low maintenance as adults, and have done well in our high desert climate with temps from 15 F to 100 F.  Here they are enjoying the monsoon rains last year:

 

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Khaki Campbell
Description:

The Campbell duck was developed near the end of the 1800's by Mrs. Adele Campbell of Gloucestershire, England with a simple meat/utility bird for her family dinners in mind. The unexpected, but splendid, result of her breeding program produced an outstanding laying duck.(and while they are not usually raised for meat, Campbell ducks can make high quality, lean roasters). In later breeding experiments she concentrated on attaining a buff color as that was in vogue at the time. In order to achieve this shade du jour, Mrs. Campbell mated her original Campbell's back to Penciled Runners. The color she got wasn't buff - instead she arrived at a handsome hue which she said reminded her of the uniforms of the British army, and that's how they got the name "Khaki Campbell."

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DetailValue
Breed Colors/VarietiesKhaki, Dark, White
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
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Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

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Khaki Campbell’s are a medium sized, light weight class bird weighing approximately 4 to 4 1/2 pounds. They have a slightly upright posture and hold their heads high... when they stand up tall to survey their surroundings they remind me of meerkats! Females have rich brown feathering and beaks in a deep russet; the drakes are bronze with dark green heads and orange beaks.

Campbell’s are a bustling, hardy little duck able to withstand cold, hot, humid, or arid climates all very well. These ducks have proven to be amazingly adaptable - they’re sprightly and have a good temperament; always on the go looking for bugs, swimming, and exploring! These busy birds are a great backyard addition... slugs and snails eating your salad greens? Old country lore says: "There is no such thing as a surfeit of slugs, merely a dearth of ducks."

While all ducks are superb slug snackers Khaki Campbell's are particularly good at it… they’ll start at the source and munch up all those little slug eggs while they’re in the garden. Look out: they might just snarf up your tasty and tender salad greens too! They're happy little bug catchers, and will do a good job of keeping the mosquito population in check on your pond, mine are always rooting around to find worms, which are their favorite snack of all. Speaking of ponds, they really do love water but mine are sloshy, splashy, foot-stamping happy even when they only have access to pails, pots, or puddles.

Most Campbell’s lay their first eggs between 5 - 7 months old and will average 250 - 340 per year (this is similar to the Leghorn chicken, a high producing non-hybrid breed, which average 280 - 300 per year). Campbell eggs have pearly white shells and weigh about 2.5 ounces, which would grade it as "extra-large.
 



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