Over the 19th century selective breeding for size, shape and colour led to the Aylesbury duck.
- Egg Color:
- White, tinted, or green
- Breed Temperament:
- Breed Colors/Varieties:
- Always white plumage, pink bill, orange feet, & large keel.
- Breed Size:
- Large Fowl
It is thought that this duck originated in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. (Hence the name Aylesbury.)
The First World War negatively affected the remaining duck industry in Buckinghamshire, and by the 1950's, there was only one good flock of this breed left.
The Second World War further affected the Breed.
During the late 1900's however, the Aylesbury began to incline the slightest bit because of Queen Victoria's interest in poultry farming. (After she had died.)
This began to split the breed into two main categories.
By the 20th century, the Aylesbury had been split into meat and show bird categories.
The breed still wasn't popular.
Today, the breed has landed itself on endangered species lists, one of which being the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.