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.
- Breed Colors/Varieties:
- Dusky, White-Bibbed Dusky, White
- Breed Size:
- Large Fowl
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
Pros - Excellent foragers, beautiful, quiet, feed-efficient, great layers of blue-green eggs
Cons - Hard to source
"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)