The Ancona duck was developed in the early twentieth century in Great Britain. It was first exhibited in the United States in 1983, and only in the last thirty years has it been available to the American public. Although its numbers have been increasing in the U.S. since its arrival, the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy still classifies the breed's status as Critical.
- Egg Color:
- White, tinted, blue, green, spotted
- Breed Temperament:
- Hardy, good foragers
- Breed Colors/Varieties:
- Any solid color with white, tricolored with white
- Breed Size:
- Large Fowl
The Ancona duck is a beautiful duck that is built a bit stockier than its cousin, the Magpie, and weighs 6 to 6.5 lbs at maturity. Its unique mottled plumage can be of any combination of a single color and white, or it may be tricolored. An adult's beak is usually yellow with greenish markings, and the feet, like the feathering, are splotchy. The Ancona is an excellent dual-purpose bird, with good laying abilities (210-280 eggs per year) as well as flavorful meat that is less fatty than that of the Pekin's. Anconas are generally moderately calm and friendly, and make relatively good mothers. They are very good foragers. A HUGE thank you to BYC'ers toadbriar and Cetawin for letting me use their photos for my page.
Recent User Reviews
I own three Ancona ducks, one black, one chocolate, and one lavender. They're active foragers and fairly sweet. Their colouring is quite fun to look at and they really just make me smile. Overall I'd recommend them for any flock.
Pros - Great egg layer, quiet when left alone, eats out of my hand, great foragers
Cons - Fairly timid, loud when provoked,
I have had these ducks for a couple months now, I get an egg a day 9 months out of the year. Don't know how broody they are, but I hope I will get some ducklings by next spring. They are kept in the pasture but leave the other animals alone which is a good thing. They forage most of the day but get a little bit of feed every evening before they get put to bed. Overall one of my absolute favorite ducks!!!! Just wish they were more common.