I have always owned chickens since my childhood. We had some ducks when I was a kid, but they were Mandarins and they were more for decoration. They didn't make good pets. We also had a blue swede and a muscovy, but I was too young at the time to remember them much. This past Spring a picture of a Ancona duck came up on Pinterest and I was absolutely awestruck with their beauty. One picture led me to many others and I eventually started doing some research on the breed. Everything I read about them stated that they were a rare breed, so I never thought I would see one in person. But, I decided to test my luck and check on craigslist and see if there were any listed. Of course there weren't. Even less likely, I checked the website of my local co-op to see what breeds of chicks and ducklings they were getting in this week. Low and behold! Ancona ducklings were on the list for that coming weekend! A week prior I wasn't even thinking about adding ducks to my menagerie, but now that Anconas were a possibility, I quickly started researching ducks. I kept reading that the girls are noisy and considering the proximity of my neighbors, I should probably decide against it. But I just couldn't stop thinking about them and the days were counting down to their arrival at the co-op. This could possibly be my one and only chance. On the arrival date, I was at the co-op with my crate. "Pick me out two drakes", I said to the boy working at the co-op. "They will be the quieter of the group", I told him. "I can't have any noisy girls, my neighbors will complain". I named them Jake and Merle. Two manly names to will them to be drakes. I was still worried about the noise issue. Although a part of me was hoping for a girl so I could have duck eggs. Well, fast forward about 7 months and I now have two lovely Anconas...Jake and Josie. Yes, one is a girl. She is very soft spoken howsoever and only gets "quackie" when she is happy or being demanding, i.e. when I get home from work or when the food or water bowl become empty. They are so enjoyable. I love their wagging tails and head bobs when I come out in the morning to feed them and hose down the coop. They love playing in the hose no matter the weather. They love it when it rains. They love it when I change the water in their pool. I love it when they sneak up behind me and nibble on my jacket when I'm filling their feed bowls or cleaning out their bedding.
During the summer, I entered them in the Evergreen State Fair and they placed a Best of Breed (of course they were the only Anconas entered) and the other one got Reserve and the Best of Breed winner also received a Best in Medium class. I was very proud of them.
I love my duckies! I say it with enthusiasm every day. If it wasn't for their messiness and excessive food consumption, I would have more ducks and less chickens as I think their antics are so amusing. I would recommend Anconas to anyone considering ducks. If not for their beauty, definitely for their amiable dispositions.
I am enclosing some pictures of them when they were still just kids. I will try to get some nice photos of them as lovely adults to add tomorrow.