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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!







Recent User Reviews

  1. 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.

  2. 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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  3. Ducks and Banny hens
    Pros - Very old heritage; camouflauged; excellent utility potential
    Cons - none
    I don't yet have DHBs, but I'm looking into getting some, and this is a good article.
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  1. Hybridchucks
    their bills aren't the prettiest lol :lau

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