Khaki Campbell

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  • Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Khaki, Dark, White
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    The Campbell duck was developed near the end of the 1800's by Mrs. Adele Campbell of Gloucestershire, England with a simple meat/utility bird for her family dinners in mind. The unexpected, but splendid, result of her breeding program produced an outstanding laying duck.(and while they are not usually raised for meat, Campbell ducks can make high quality, lean roasters). In later breeding experiments she concentrated on attaining a buff color as that was in vogue at the time. In order to achieve this shade du jour, Mrs. Campbell mated her original Campbell's back to Penciled Runners. The color she got wasn't buff - instead she arrived at a handsome hue which she said reminded her of the uniforms of the British army, and that's how they got the name "Khaki Campbell."
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  • Breed Details:

    Khaki Campbell’s are a medium sized, light weight class bird weighing approximately 4 to 4 1/2 pounds. They have a slightly upright posture and hold their heads high... when they stand up tall to survey their surroundings they remind me of meerkats! Females have rich brown feathering and beaks in a deep russet; the drakes are bronze with dark green heads and orange beaks.

    Campbell’s are a bustling, hardy little duck able to withstand cold, hot, humid, or arid climates all very well. These ducks have proven to be amazingly adaptable - they’re sprightly and have a good temperament; always on the go looking for bugs, swimming, and exploring! These busy birds are a great backyard addition... slugs and snails eating your salad greens? Old country lore says: "There is no such thing as a surfeit of slugs, merely a dearth of ducks."

    While all ducks are superb slug snackers Khaki Campbell's are particularly good at it…… they’ll start at the source and munch up all those little slug eggs while they’re in the garden. Look out: they might just snarf up your tasty and tender salad greens too! They're happy little bug catchers, and will do a good job of keeping the mosquito population in check on your pond, mine are always rooting around to find worms, which are their favorite snack of all. Speaking of ponds, they really do love water but mine are sloshy, splashy, foot-stamping happy even when they only have access to pails, pots, or puddles.

    Most Campbell’s lay their first eggs between 5 - 7 months old and will average 250 - 340 per year (this is similar to the Leghorn chicken, a high producing non-hybrid breed, which average 280 - 300 per year). Campbell eggs have pearly white shells and weigh about 2.5 ounces, which would grade it as "extra-large.

    Moose Manor Farms | | Pomfret, Maryland






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Recent User Reviews

  1. DuckSquad
    "A fast Drake"
    Pros - Hilarious personality
    Cons - A bit shy
    I have a khaki campbell drake named Rubert, he is a handsome lil' quacker. Rubert is the smallest one in the flock, but not by much, he will fallow me with the other 2 drakes i have but wont let me pick him up unless its a rare occasion, despite that hes a very loving duckie.
  2. HomesteaderWife
    "Our Babies!"
    Pros - Sociable, Easy to Handle, Intelligent, Non-Flighty, Get Along With Our Chickens
    Cons - Have Not Set
    When I was younger, I had a friend with ducks- let's just say it was a bad experience & I told myself I would NEVER own ducks. But when we got our very first flock of chicks, my husband's stipulation is he wanted ducks. We then purchased 2 female Khaki Campbells at auction, & I immediately grew to love them! They were very shy for awhile, but then we purchased a male early last year, & they all have just been wonderful. Large, tasty eggs! I have no complaints- they are so friendly & always happy to see us. We changed their living arrangements around, & and it only took them three days to learn to put themselves to bed at night. They always give us a laugh when we refill their kiddie pool, & they love to come eat from your hand. Very talkative & vocal! They usually lay their eggs for us overnight, & they're in the nest the next morning.
    The females have never offered to sit on a nest, so we have hatched their eggs under broody hens. The ducklings are just as kind & sweet!


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  3. GoldenFlight
    "Very good layers!"
    Pros - They lay the biggest egg for their body size and are good flyers.
    Cons - Not as good of mothers, can be more spooky, and very aggressive drakes.
    Mildred our one and a half year old hen.

User Comments

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  1. wolfinator
    They are definitely winter hardy. Mine love a dip regardless of weather or temperature. They are terrific layers, my 4 girls have consistently layed 26-28 eggs each week no matter the temperature or weather. Mine share a coop with 11 Bantams including 2 roosters often laying their eggs together with banty eggs. So far my girls won't sit on their eggs but my one Showgirl hen did and hatched 2 ducklings. A friend took ducklings and they're spoiled, very people friendly too. The only problem I have is mine aren't people friendly and run from me. I didn't raise them from hatchlings.

  2. FlyAnywayAJ
    Love my Khaki Campbell duck. My best layer and her eggs are so tasty! Moderate noise level amongst my ducks. Only duck I have that will eat from my hand. She's gone broody twice so we got her a fella and she hasn't gone broody since (go figure!) Hopefully she'll be a Momma soon as I'd love to have more!
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  3. JumbeThePigDuck
    How loud are they? I’d like a laying hen, but it can’t be loud
    1. FlyAnywayAJ
      Moderate, I'd say. My quietest duck is my Indian Runner and my loudest is the Welsh Harlequin. My Campbell is between those two.
      FlyAnywayAJ, Dec 4, 2017
  4. The Duck Ladie
    Just a note: They lay GREAT in the spring/summer but now that it's cold my Magpie and Ancona ducks are the only ones laying, though I'm sure they will start up soon.
  5. GoldenFlight
  6. Julie Birb
    Mildred is extremely cute.
  7. GoldenFlight
    Cool! This is one of our Indian runners flying!
  8. dekel18042
    Ages ago we had muscovies and they could get waaay up there, above the house, but that was the only breed that could. Interesting. Pictures even showed some Indian runners off the round and people herd with them because they aren't supposed to fly.
  9. GoldenFlight
    Here is a video of some of ours flying.
  10. dekel18042
    Good fliers? None of mine have ever gotten off the ground.
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