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Welsh Harlequin

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My babies aren't old enough to be laying just yet, but I love their temperaments! They're not as social, curious, and calm as my Mallard, but I suspect that that's because I got them when they were three days old and I didn't handle them nearly as much as I handled Pyrrhos. However, they are definitely a lot more calm that I expected, and very willing to take food from our hands. Out of our four Welsh Harlequins, only one was sexed incorrectly(by us, not the breeders).

 

Aside from their awesome temperaments, they are so beautiful. Even though we have three hens, all three are colored differently. We even - by chance - got a gold phase hen! (: That definitely makes me one happy duck owner haha.

 

As my ducks haven't started laying yet, I can't comment on their laying abilities or their broodiness, but it seems pretty much common knowledge that WHs lay excellently and are broody and great mothers. My ducks are all relatively calm and easy-going with our dogs. The only time they get uncomfortable is when someone is walking toward them and gets too close. None of them like to be pet or picked up, but they all are very willing to come up to us.

 

Overall, I have to say, I love these birds, and I'm excited to begin breeding them!

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Pros: Beautiful, friendly and smart

Cons: Can't think of any!

When I decided I wanted to get ducks I did lots of research and decided that Welsh Harlequins were for me.  I wanted a duck that would lay lots of eggs, plus be a good duck for the table.  I ordered mine from Holderread's, and they are absolutely gorgeous.  I would recommend WH's to anyone looking to raise ducks.  They are funny and smart, and a joy to have around!

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Pros: great egg layer, forager, pest control, friendly, beautiful

Cons: can't find any

I bought my welsh for her sheer beauty but recently read that they are on the critically endangered list.  This duck provides hours of enjoyment. Not to mention she keeps the weeds and bugs in my garden and around my house, at bay. She is also a prolific egg layer.  Definitely a species we need to save!

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Pros: Beautifu, medium size, excellent layer, friendly, not a flyer

Cons: not as large as a pekin for meat purposes

I use my ducks as  true multi-purpose ducks.  They are excellent as herding ducks for training and working herding dogs as they are medium sized, hardy, not prone to fly, yet not so heavy they can't move. They are rather smart  and learn where they are supposed to be quickly.  They are not as flighty as Call Ducks or Indian Runners, but not as heavy as Blue Swedes or Rougens...They are very winter hardy and friendly ducks, even if worked with dogs.  They are not easily intimidated or overly borthered by dogs unless you have a really green dog that is overly pushy with them.  They are not overly loud either.

 

They are great layers and good meat ducks. They can be broody.  Being beautifully colored is just a bonus.  The males are not as aggressive as some other males during breeding season.  Overally, one of my favorite ducks.

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Pros: Friendly, good layers, BEAUTIFUL birds, very calm.

Cons: I got NOTHING bad about them, besides my drake is mean to my rouen hen.

I love this breed, beautiful birds, very friendly. I paid $100 for my frirts four, plus the other 6 im getting next month, I have had mine for 6 months, my 3 hens give me 3 eggs a day.  They follow me around the yard as i do chicken and duck chores, my favorite breed by far!  Very good breed for a first time duck owner love.gif

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Pros: healthy, beautiful, broody, great layers, friendly, wonderful foragers, nice medium sized meat birds, wonderful for dual purpose

Cons: dont get as big as pekin, but not as a fat also

These birds are absolutely wonderful and are my favorite birds in my flock.  They have very nice temperament and are very friendly and like to be social and playful.  They do not fly and are not loud compared to other ducks so they make a good duck to have if your neighbords live close but they do make some noise.

 

They make great mothers and will hatch out their own eggs so you don't need an incubator.  This treat is great for homesteaders who want to raise animals who naturally rear their own young.

 

They make a wonderful table bird of a medium size and clean up nicely due to their white feathers.  They lay a lot of eggs up to 350 eggs a year.

 

I sell hatching eggs and ducklings from my show quality stock from time to time.  If your interested feel free to check out my profile to see if I have any for sell or contact me.

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Pros: They are friendly and talkative

These ducks are truly amazing, I had 1 girl and 2 boys.. They were so funny and they got along great with my chickens and each other, they were never mean to anything. If you want a duck you should get this breed. Plus their colors are amazing! 

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Pros: good pet, can go broody (good if you want one)

Cons: can go broody

Overall, a nice pet duck.  Pretty and not very flighty.

Welsh Harlequin
Description:

Welsh Harlequin ducks are a derivative of Khaki Campbell ducks. When Leslie Bonnet of Wales found 2 light color mutations in his khaki flock, he began to breed for the trait. Welsh Harlequin ducks began to be imported in to the US in the late 60's with additional imports made in the 80's to diversify the gene pool. Welsh Harlequins were recognized by the American Poultry Association in 2001.

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Breed Colors/VarietiesSilver Phase <p> Gold Phase
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
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Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Breed Details:

Weight classification: Lightweight breed. 5-6 pounds. Dual purpose. Great egg layer. Plucks clean.

Brooding: Welsh Harlequin hens will brood their own eggs.

Eggs/year: 300+

Flight: Welsh Harlequins are NOT good fliers. They may leap and flap a bit but they don't get far.

Personality: Welsh Harlequins are a friendly, curious breed. Drakes can get protective when their hens are nesting, but they are not capable of doing much harm.

Drake traits: Iridescent green/black head, pale yellow bill with black bean, white neck ring, chestnut shoulders, cream and brown stippling on back, black (silver phase) or brown tail (gold phase), iridescent blue (silver phase) or bronze (gold phase) wing bands, orange feet with black toenails.

Hen traits: Creamy white with a stippled effect in browns, slate to dark olive green bills, dark legs and feet, and iridescent blue (silver phase) or bronze iridescent (gold phase) wing bands.

Duckling traits: Yellow with slight blushing of black (silver phase) or brown (gold phase) on their heads. Welsh Harlequins can be sex linked at hatching. Females have light pink bills. Males have dark bills.

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