Ancona

Average User Rating:
4.71429/5,
  • 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 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.’
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  • Breed Details:
    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. [​IMG]

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Recent User Reviews

  1. BantyChooks
    5/5,
    "Adorable Ducks"
    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.
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  2. Small Farm
    5/5,
    "BEAUTIFUL DUCKS!!!!"
    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.
    Overall:
    5
  3. deedles
    5/5,
    "Wonderful friendly ducks lay better than chickens!"
    Pros - Beautiful plumage. Eggs. Good foragers. Cute. Friendly. Tough.
    Cons - Can't think of any
    Our Anconas are just over a year now. They've laid better than the laying hens we used to have. We have 5 girls and for the spring and into mid summer we got 5 big, delicious duck eggs a day, every day. We were amazed as our chickens never did that. Only now are they starting to taper off but still we get 3 or 4 a day. The eggs have gotten a bit smaller in size from spring but still bigger than chicken eggs. They are quack-ey when they want to either: get let out, get fed, or have some green peas thrown to them. Otherwise we don't find them terribly noisy. Everyone admires their pretty feathers and how cute they are. We live on a small river so they get all the swimming they can stand.
    The only thing that isn't great is when it rains they drill into the dirt and can really mess up a patch of lawn but isn't that all ducks?
    Overall:
    5

User Comments

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  1. Elizabeth Hasse
    I love my ducks (I have anconas and muscovies) but I got both types as a herd, as adults, and only succeeded in taming the Muscovies.
    my anconas no longer run away when I am within a one-mile radius, :rolleyes:but they definitely have developed a dislike for my presence (except when I'm feeding them.):he:confused:
  2. deedles
  3. deedles
    We got ours from the cackle hatchery. They were all very healthy and we didn't lose a one (until the fox grabbed our alpha male).
  4. silkielover419
    I love the Ancona ducks! In fact I am looking for some. Where did you get yours?
  5. kelseysfowl
    It might be both two of my welsh harlequins too i dont really know,
  6. Marty1876
    How unusual. I keep a large laying flock of ducks, including Anconas, but it takes them 23 hours to produce an egg, so you should never get 2 per day more than once every 22 days.

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