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Khaki Campbell


Pros: Eye candy, lay eggs daily

Last year we got 12 ducks from TSC. All but three were male. :( One was a female Khaki Campbell. Not the sweetest of ducks, but the egg production was amazing. She laid an egg every day. Unfortunately, we had too many male ducks and it finally killed her. The males are very pretty. We had one brown male and one white-with-speckles male. The latter was so beautiful, but we had to get rid of them. I will defiantly get more females in the future. 


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.


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.


Pros: nice, quiet, calm

Cons: none yet

Out of my 8 ducks the 2 male khaki campbells are the easiest to catch. They are both very calm an quiet ducks. 


Pros: Great layers, cute, small, pretty

Cons: NOISY and unfriendly

We have one Khaki Campbell--more to the point, my DD has one and has aptly named it "Brownie". Despite ample handling, the bird hates us and has pretty well determined that only unspeakable tortures must await her for consorting with her evil overlords. She's very outspoken about her distrust of us too and sounds the alarm pretty much every time she sees us or much of anything occurs in the yard at all, for that matter. She sounds like a team of Clydesdales stepping on a dog toy. While she occasionally consorts with other ducks, her favorite is a fawn-and-white Indian Runner drake ("Joe" who belongs to my youngest). She's pretty much always hated us, but Joe used to like us before his girlfriend told him to stop hanging with us. 


Pros: Very beautiful (not to mention also EXTREMELY adorable!), and the most likely to have a "conversation" with you. Talkative!

Cons: Slightly skittish, and slow to warm up to humans.

I really love my two Khakis, Kira and Amira. They exhibit a funny mannerism that is unique to them: they "cluck"! Not only are they spoiled with organic treats, but they are far more personable than the other ducks, and I believe that I would have more Khaki Campbells in the future.


In the picture: Sweet Amira with Sapphira the Mallard


Pros: Social, talkative, friendly, docile, playful, good eggs, fun to watch, water lovers! Need a companion.

Cons: They can make messes, can be very vocal during the warmer temperatures, can be skittish and easily spooked.

My mother in law to be owns two Khaki Campbell females (whom we thought was a boy and a girl and turned out to be two girls, but that's okay because that's more eggs for us! They are very loving ducks - sometimes can be a little shy and don't want to be bothered with. Usually they'll come to you if they want attention. They can be very social birds and they LOVE to talk - at least her's do! They also love to play, especially in water. If you have a water source of any kind whether it's a pool, a pond (man made or natural), or even a mud puddle - they are in it and they will get very muddy. It's like they live for the mud! She gets one egg a day each from them, so they are very good egg layers. I would recommend a companion for yours, typically of the same breed so they have someone to hang out with and aren't lonely. They can also be very vocal during warmer months I noticed - unless they are in distress then they can be very loud, but typically they are quiet as long as everything is going their way inside their habitat. They can be skittish and easily spooked - so if you want a KC, I would get them as babies and handle them as much as possible if you can!


Otherwise I love these two!


Pros: Cute, light, street wise.

Cons: Loud and flighty.

       Belle, my Khaki Campbell hen, is very pretty. She is too young to lay. My mother always had Khaki Campbells and hers laid very well, just never where she wanted them to. Belle is lighter in weight  than the other ducks. She is very delicate looking. I like her light coloring because it blends in with our woods. She also flies well.


Pros: lay better than my chickens, forage well

Cons: eating machines when it comes to feed

My KCs are far better layers than my chickens, especially in the winter.  I can turn them loose and know they are safe to free range without constant supervision as they are very diligent and alert to what is going on around them. Mine are tame and follow me around the yard when I am out. Had to put snow fencing around the garden because they insisted on following me in. Mine aren't skittish at all, think it has to do with being imprinted on people. 


Pros: Hardy, sweet, good layers

Cons: LOUD, a bit bossy

Not my favorites of my flock, but still very sweet and I don't have to worry about them. :)

Khaki Campbell

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."

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

Breed Details:


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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