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."
- Breed Colors/Varieties:
- Khaki, Dark, White
- Breed Size:
- Large Fowl
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.
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Recent User Reviews
"Soft voiced gentle lovey girls"
Pros - I love my baby girls. Great and active foragers. Easy to "distract" with treats in low stress situations to lead them around. With a good amount of care and affection since delivered, they are very gentle and tolerate hugs once "captured" .
Cons - Got mine too late in the spring for new England and won't get my eggs til spring. I'm choosing not to provide supplemental light because, well, I'm lazy. But I love my girls.
"Vocal, but in a good way"
Pros - Chatty, but not loud at all
Great tasting eggs
Plenty of eggs for a duck
Cons - Shy
Fun addition to the flock. I have 3 Khaki Campbells. They are frequently chatting and murmuring among each other but its not loud or bothersome at all and quite fun and pleasant to listen to.
They lay large creamy eggs that taste really good and they lay a good amount of them too. We cook ours together with chicken eggs and the kids can't tell the difference. They also work well in baking.
The downside is they're a bit shy and required a bit of work for me to build trust with them.