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Welsh Harlequin Reviews


Awesome ducks


Pros: Quiet, friendly, good layers, pretty to look at, calm, gentle

Cons: None that I know of!

I have some Welsh Harlequins that I ordered from Metzer farms and they are very calm and quiet. Some of mine have been shy and others extremely friendly and always come running when they see me and they greet me with soft gentle squeaky sounds... I can't explain the sound too well but it's a very soft sweet sound. I love these ducks their temperament is wonderful and even my one drake is very respectful of me and keeps his distance. He never gets too close to me and won't eat from my hand unlike the girls which makes me have a lot of respect and love for him because I feel totally and completely safe and not threatened at all whenever I go in the duck pen. This will be my first spring...
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Best Breed Ever!


Pros: Large, Tame, Good layers, Beautiful colors, Hardy

Cons: I can't think of anything!

Welshies are my favorite duck breed! (besides calls) They are very tame and will crawl on your lap for food, follow you around, and generally act sweet. My first trio is 1 month old right now, and I LOVE them. They are totally different from my last ducks, (mallard x, I think?) being much more personable and silly. Overall, I would highly recommend this breed, especially for those new to ducks. -Banti

A good all purpose duck


Pros: Calm, quiet, winter hardy, good for meat and eggs, make good mothers

Cons: The drakes are randy but that's a drake for you!

I have kept Welsh Harlequins for over 5 years.  I love the coloring and it changes slightly depending on the season or the age of the bird.  Like all waterfowl ducks can be flighty but these birds are  as calm as they come.  I expect one could tame them as a pet if one had the inclination.  
Free Feather

Painted Ducks.


Pros: Beautiful

Cons: None.

   I have two drakes, Lamorak and Amorok, and three hens, Lucia, Gillis, and Caillean. They are very pretty and some of my quieter ducks. The two drakes are inseparable. The females and males both get beautiful markings that look like they have been painted on. I have yet to get eggs, but they are still young.

Laughing men in my backyard


Pros: Lots of eggs, great temperaments, funny, knowing, smart, habit-forming

Cons: none that I know of

My adults are one year old October 2014; they came from Mtzer. Their babies are only 3 months old. My male speaks in a whisper. The females are a riot; they sound like a bunch of old men laughing in my backyard. I can't help but laugh along with them.   Lots of eggs this year. I read somewhere that I could be hard on a duck to lay so many eggs each year, so I let her go broody. This allows the female duck to rest from laying. She had 8 eggs. Some were males. One egg was squashed with the bird inside (gasp), and one was booted out, chirping, because she was one week late. I managed to help her hatch. (wonderful)   I now have 1 male, 3 females, and a craigslist...
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Great Termperments

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...
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Welsh Harlequins Are The Best!


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!

Save a Species!


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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