They are a medium sized duck with a crest (pouf of feathers) on the head. Not all ducklings will have a crest, and if both parents are crested 25% will not hatch, 25% will have no crests, and 50% will have nice big (or medium) crests. Social ducks, easy to tame. Good pets for kids. They do not breed true, you will get some blue, black, splash & silver.
Pros - cute, fun to watch, will come up to your hand for food
Cons - , females are loud,only lay in spring and most of summer, not always friendly (unless you have food)don't like to be touched
I have one Crested Blue Swedish, Squeaky. She has a Mate named Redford who is a male Black Swedish. I am pretty sure Squeaky (crest blue Swede) is a Crested Blue Swedish, her dad i think was but her mom wasn't. Not sure if she is just a blue swede with a tuft, or she is one of these. Anyway, she is adorable,when she isn't quacking at me asking me to leave her pen. Lettuce and peas are their favorite treat, they love to eat it when they swim in their pool.
(Grey duck above is Squeaky)
Like all ducks, it is best to have a water source for them to swim in to keep them happy.They don't need any special maintenance, they are like most ducks. I feed them Elenbaas flock feed, or something like that, but it is only available in the Pacific Northwest. I would go with Purina flock raiser crumbles, if this is your first flock, you don't have to get medicated feed, if you are planning to mix your old birds with new ones, i would get medicated. For ducklings, not sure. Just like chickens they will need some grit, i would give them free choice grit.(that means it's not mixed with their feed) Mine only lays in Spring and most of summer, she might have layed spring-fall her first year though, i can't remember, she is 4 or 5 years old.The females will lay within 20-24 weeks of age.
Here are more pictures of her:
Sorry her mate is in the background of most of the pictures, He likes to photobomb a lot