I got this history from Metzer Farms:
- Breed Colors/Varieties:
- Breed Size:
- Large Fowl
The White Crested is also a classic breed, having records of its presence as early as 1660 due them being in paintings of Jan Steen. Other Dutch painters such as d'Hondecoeter, Dirk Wyntrack (1670), Peter Casteels III (1723) and Aart Schouman (at the end of the eighteenth century) also show Crested ducks. Interestingly the Crested duck was admitted into the American Registry (1874) before the British Registry (by 1910). Though they can make a good utility bird (eggs and meat) their popularity waned and it wasn't until the 1980s that their popularity rose again. According to several books, 25% of fertile eggs produced from Crested parents will die prematurely and 33% are supposed to hatch without crests.
These are beautiful ornamental/show ducks with a big pouf of feathers (crest) on the top of the head. Most people (myself included) breed for crest size. The males weigh up to 6 pounds, females weigh around 5 pounds. There is a controversy as to whether they are called Crested White Ducks or Crested Pekins. They are very good layers of large white eggs. They have great personalities, are very intelligent and can be trained to do tricks. I had a couple pet drakes that would give me hugs (kind of like eskimo kisses).
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Recent User Reviews
"Personable, adorable ducks!"
Pros - people-loving, lots of personality, mature quickly, adorable
Cons - crest is caused by sometimes-lethal gene
My crested ducks - not all of which are white - are amazing. They love people and tamed very easily. They have unique, quirky personalities, have no problem fitting in with new flockmates,
and love to be handled. Their crests, which vary from barely-there to large-and-in-charge double crests, make them utterly adorable and the "centerpiece" of the flock. They went from tiny, newborn ducklings to fully feathered in less than two months. Breeding them is sort of a morality dilemma - their crests are caused by a gene that causes a small hole in the top of the skull, which can be lethal, causing some eggs to never hatch. That being said, I think everyone should have at least one Crested, even if it's just so you can look at their goofy little heads and give them lots of cuddles!ILOVECHICKENSFOREVER&EVER likes this.
Pros - very sweet, calm, and love attention!
Cons - can be scared easy
i have 2 white crested, a drake and a hen, they are very sweet and calm, they don't have a HUGE crest in their heads but they have medium sized ones, they love to swim and they are not as messy as other ducks with water. they are one the most docile birds i have.
"I love this breed."
Pros - Very Friendly. Good looking. Center of attention.
Cons - (pooping just like any other duck)
I love this breed honestly. They are really friendly with me and the other animals in the yard. They are the center of attention when people come around. I recommend this duck.