Dutch Hookbill

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  • Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Dusky, White-Bibbed Dusky, White
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    The oldest European breed of domestic duck still in existence, the Dutch Hookbill can be traced back to the 17th century in the Netherlands, where it was traditionally raised along canals.
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  • Breed Details:
    The most distinctive feature of the Dutch Hookbill is, of course, its curved-shaped bill. They are similar in size and shape to a small Campbell, weighing an average of 4 pounds. They are very calm, friendly ducks that make delightful pets for the backyard or garden. They do fly (although they tend to stay very close to home), and are generally quiet - although the female can be quite loud when she decides to "tell you" something! Hookbills are good seasonal layers of blue-tinted eggs, they will go broody and hatch their own eggs if you let them accumulate a clutch. In all, they're docile, unique, rare little ducks that deserve greater recognition!






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Recent User Reviews

  1. biggbooboo
    wonder how rare they really are
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  2. WVMHP
    "Colorful eggs!"
    Pros - Excellent foragers, beautiful, quiet, feed-efficient, great layers of blue-green eggs
    Cons - Hard to source
    I have a flock of 13 Dutch Hookbills in assorted, rare colors. They are beautiful birds, they are quiet as far as ducks go. Only my Muscovy have been quieter. They are very active and efficient foragers. The hens lay big blue-green eggs roughly every other day.

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  3. mominoz
    "Have some for 6 months now"
    Pros - pretty, good foragers, light duck
    Cons - a bit similar to runners, quick, good foragers,easy keepers
    Cute little duck, males end up having a blueish beak. Have bibbed dusky. Very pretty green head and bluegray breast with some black wing feathers (males) females have pinkish bill, and similar to female mallards. Busy little birds....;0)
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  1. WannaBeHillBilly
    Once i have a little more experience - have my indian runners for just three months now - i would like to have some. I read that these ducks have almost gone extinct and i would like to participate in rescuing this race.
    Have looked at several hatcheries, but nobody seems to sell ducklings or eggs. Anybody knows where to get a hand on them?
  2. mominoz
    I raise some. They are 'active' , not as active as runners, but they are good foragers. They lay as well as my Show Runners, on less feed.Seem pretty smart for a duck. The drakes I have do fight in close quarters in early spring for the females. I generally separate most of them then, for about 3 months, then everyone seems to settle down and can free range together. But this is true for some other breeds too. Some have straight beaks, some medium curve and some severe. You can't breed severe hook to severe...or the eggs can't hatch. They seem to hatch better on less humidity..
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    1. Ryder
      where did you get the hook bills at
      Ryder, Dec 13, 2018
  3. Hybridchucks
    their bills aren't the prettiest lol :lau
    1. WannaBeHillBilly
      I really like the bills! Makes them look like a dignified teacher.
      WannaBeHillBilly, Sep 10, 2018
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    2. Hybridchucks
      Haha! That's a great definition
      Hybridchucks, Sep 11, 2018

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