Khaki Campbell

Average User Rating:
4.51852/5,
  • 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.


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Recent User Reviews

  1. Romn
    5/5,
    "Such sweet birds"
    Pros - Very reliable layers
    Cons - None. I love them!
  2. Happy Quack
    5/5,
    "Pretty girls"
    Pros - Great layers
    Cons - non
    The ones I have bought from Mcmurrays have been the best layers ever. I have one gal that laid 340 her pullet year.
    Purchase Date:
    3/31/12 3/20/18
    Trimurtisan likes this.
  3. Duckiewuckie
    5/5,
    "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.

User Comments

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  1. Sebrightsrock
    Lol your story is almost the same as mine I got 2 KC's for free and one got eaten by something as well. The other one is also doing well.
  2. blondiebee181
    Yeah....."she" is a "he", and pretty sure a Pekin. Paul the Pekin.
  3. blondiebee181
    Yeah I think it's like when you find a spider on the wall and go,"Omygod, that's the biggest spider I've ever seen!" That's like what people do with Pearl. She is about twice the size of a wild Mallard, I'm leaning towards Pekin at this point even though they weren't supposed to be selling them that day. She is finally starting to quack up a storm, leading me further towards the inclination that she is female, so hopefully it stays that way. She is over 2 months now but still waiting for curls.
  4. blondiebee181
    Thanks for the comments! Now, I wondered if she was a Pekin myself...but they weren't even offering Pekins the day I was there....or supposedly they weren't....I suppose she could be, I love her anyhow though!
  5. jfishfam
    I would tend to agree with DuckGirl89. Pekins are much larger than campbells. We have both and our campbells are "air heads". Gotta love them. I'm not sure what we did before ducks.
  6. NovaAman
    I got campbell/orp mixes. They are great! Dont feed her spinach when she starts laying though. Messing with calcium absorbtion...
  7. DUCKGIRL89
    Well, usually they are.
  8. DUCKGIRL89
    I think you "may" have a Pekin. Khaki campbells are not large ducks, and are very skiddish
  9. tahola82
    they are a great duck to have as a pet(get them at birth and handle them a lot this will make them not some skiddish) and they are great layers! typically they dont fly very well either, they stick around and i think they are neat looking, i have khaki campbells, chocolate indian runners, black indian runners, and domestic mallards, and 2 african geese, and more! have fun!
  10. americanamama
    I am growing two Khaki's right now to lay eggs. I read that they lay from around 300 to 365 eggs in a year. Great layers! Wonderful eggs also for baking. They are nervous ducks.
    Have fun. They are fun to take to our pond for a big swim.
    If you have a high door frame for the ducks to go in and out or a drop out of a door they need a ramp with raised notches for them to go up and down ramps.

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