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Ancona

Average User Rating:
4.66667/5,
  • 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. 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
  2. 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
  3. winteree
    4/5,
    "Cute but skittish"
    Pros - very friendly towards other ducklings, Very cute, very strong hatchers
    Cons - Very skittish even though they imprinted on me, Jumpers, Not easily handled, easily scared. loud, messy
    I got these hatching egg's from harriedhomemaker's sale page and the eggs where $2.50 each but for some reason this page will not let me do anything number wise in the cent area. NPIP cert is a big thing in my house and the price was unbeatable. I hatched out 5 ducklings out of 6 egg's they had 100% fertility but #6 piped on the wrong end into a vein. They are nice to their hatch mates which is more then i can say from some no-name breeds i had in the past that killed each other in the brooder.

    I can not say this enough GET A BROODER WITH TALL WALLS!! These little fuzz balls think they are wood ducks and will pile on top of each other to climb and jump over the brooder walls on to the floor i almost lost a duckling this afternoon because of it (not from injury but from a Terrier mix). Picking up these little guys is a two handed affair they hate being picked up they will kick "peck" at you anything to jump out of your hands be careful. Every little noise sets these ducklings into a peeping frenzy so i haven't gotten allot of sleep during lock down or since they have been hatched so these are definitely outdoor brooder ducklings. If you are going to brood these ducklings indoors be warned they are very messy i had to set up a rig feeding station to keep the brooder dry they love to fling water.

    It has been a 28 weeks since they where born and no behavior change they are still as skittish as the day they hatched so go figure [​IMG]
    Overall:
    4.5
    Purchase Price:
    2.00
    Purchase Date:
    2014-05-06

User Comments

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  1. deedles
  2. 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).
  3. silkielover419
    I love the Ancona ducks! In fact I am looking for some. Where did you get yours?
  4. kelseysfowl
    It might be both two of my welsh harlequins too i dont really know,
  5. 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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