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tell me what is the best egg-laying duck in your opinion!!!!! :) :) :)

post #1 of 10
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i have campbells and they are good egg layers but i want some more breeds. to you what are the best egg layers and are they domesticated and eat minimum feed, and do they fly??

I raise Speckled Sussex, Dark Brahmas, Ameraucanas, and Rhode Island Reds. I also raise Pearl Guineas. I have been raising poultry for 10 yrs. I have experience with Turkeys, Ducks, Quail, Pheasants, and Pigs. I wouldn't  trade the country life for nothing.

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I raise Speckled Sussex, Dark Brahmas, Ameraucanas, and Rhode Island Reds. I also raise Pearl Guineas. I have been raising poultry for 10 yrs. I have experience with Turkeys, Ducks, Quail, Pheasants, and Pigs. I wouldn't  trade the country life for nothing.

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post #2 of 10

I like Indian Runners, Wels Harlequin, and Blue Swedish, none of which fly.

post #3 of 10

I would say consistently overall, my Runners are my best layers and no, they don't fly. smile

post #4 of 10

What is the best layer may not necessarily be dictated by breed alone.  Strains within breeds could possibly vary considerably productivety-wise.  Generally, Campbells are one of the best breeds for egg production but productivity may be influenced by the strain of campbell (or any other breed for that matter) that you have/keep.  Therefore, other breeds (or strains of) could also be quite good layers, including some of the heavier breeds.

As an example, I currently keep Saxony Ducks developed from Pekin, Buff Orpington, Appleyard, & Rouen which the originator told me lay better than the White Indian Runners (show type) that he also keeps/breeds.  Classified as a heavy breed & they cannot fly.  They are likely bigger eaters than your Campbells though.

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post #5 of 10

My Saxony lays jumbo sized green eggs every day.  Silver Appleyard lays a jumbo  white egg every day. Both probably eat more than the smaller ducks, though.

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post #6 of 10

I have owned several duck breeds and I can say easily the best layers are Khaki Campbells and Welsh Harlequin, both of which have been recorded to lay over 350 eggs a year. They both can't fly and are very striking looking ducks. I currently have 5 Harlequins and they are very personable. They aren't a very big duck but are very easily tamed, I have one hen that won't leave you alone and I never even tried to tame her down. The Harlequins also come is the regular silver and the gold mutation i'll post pics of both.

Silver(click thumbnail for bigger photo)
http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab118/outbackhillpoultry/th_DSCF8341.jpg

Gold
http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs196.snc3/20355_108372542507548_100000044092724_196581_3976622_n.jpg

Oh I forgot to add that my swedes personally they aren't good layers at all.


Edited by Outbackhill Kennels - 3/25/10 at 8:26am
post #7 of 10

Another vote here for Welsh Harlequins and runners. I have both. While the runner eggs are bigger, the Welsh Harlequins are friendlier. (My runner is a bit of a spazz)

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7 quacking ducks, 5 spazzy quail, 3 lazy cats, 2 grown sons, 1 goofy husband... and no partridge, but I have a pear tree!
My micro-farm blog - www.bluefeatherfarm.blogspot.com
Duck pond and biofilter information- http://tinyurl.com/lfgeg9
The Double-Decker Brooder Thread- http://tinyurl.com/nf8zm5
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post #8 of 10

The only possible better layers than Welsh Harlequin and Khaki Campbells are some of the newest breeds put out by a few hatcheries like the Golden Cascade, Golden 300 Hybrids, or White Golden Layers.  I also am very happy with Harlequins and Campbells but I happened to get my hands on some of the White Layer eggs to try out my incubator with before my ducks started laying.  They won't be first generation but it will be interesting to see how they compare.

post #9 of 10

My vote is for Indian Runners !!!! They are very feed efficent, lay lots of nice large eggs and do not fly. To top it all off they also are great comedians. I own 10  big_smile

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Ducks:Indian Runner Ducks, Silkie Ducks

Chickens: Bantam Cochins,Wheaten Marans, Mottled Ameraucanas 

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Indian Runners

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One child left at home, age 17) Dogs, cats, bettas, guppies, chickens, ducks, coturnix quail.
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