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Khaki Campbell


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: 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


Pros: GREAT layers, Beautiful coloring,

Cons: Skiddish

I got Khaki Campbells in the Spring. Out of the other ducklings I had, they were the most water-crazy. They positively Loved it! Though once they got to crazy as ducklings and got cold.... :rolleyes:. They are pretty skiddish. They are the BEST layers out of all the ducks I've ever had! They lay every day, (Big eggs too...) Even when one of them was isolated and feeling down, I got my egg! So for anyone who's looking for great layers, get these! (and some runners)


Pros: Mostly quiet, big enough for a family meal if extra drakes occur, STINKING CUTE,great foragers, each duck lays an egg almost EVERY DAY, winter layers

Cons: Volnerable to predation at night while they run around in the dark like idiots, each duck lays an egg almost EVERY SINGLE DAY so you'd better keep up.

These guys are my favorite mallard derived breed. They were less shy than my other breeds, eat less food, and forage more and they're cute even when they don't want to be. They lay tons of large eggs and even tend to get them in the nest box. They're so cute and petite framed too. My main issue with them is that my drake stubbornly insisted on running his ladies around the yard at full tilt as soon as it got dark for as long as they were out like idiots, especially when it was lock up time, every single night right up until the end. It was like he had to prove that going into the coop was his idea. Needless to say, he and his favorite duck follower are now dead and the duck hens that had their own ideas about bedtime are still alive (and now we're going to go get a new drake). Regardless, I'm not sure I ever want to be without this duck breed again. I love them(with their cute, beady little eyes, football-sized ducks covered in ducky softness, and flappy feet without half inch muscovy claws), my kids love them for their non-aggressive chasability factor (but they are fast enough my kids will NEVER catch them), and they do get along with the rest of my birds great. We had one drake that tried getting it on with chickens, but for my hens sake we got to discover that he was delicious. However that seems like it's the exception and not the rule for drake manners and besides the bedtime thing the other drake was a perfect gentleman who brought food to his ladies and was never too much drake for them to handle. Hug a (protesting) Campbell today.


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: 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: 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: They lay the biggest egg for their body size and are good flyers.

Cons: Not as good of mothers, can be more spooky, and very aggressive drakes.

Mildred our one and a half year old hen.


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. 

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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