Believed to be developed in Wales in the early 1900's, their somewhat upright statue suggests runner heritage. They were brought to America in the 1960's but was not admitted to the American Standard of Perfection (of poultry breeds) until the late 70's.
- Breed Colors/Varieties:
- Black/White, Lavender/White, Blue/White, Chocolate/White
- Breed Size:
- Large Fowl
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Recent User Reviews
"Beautiful and Inteligent"
Pros - Distinctive and excellent layers.
Cons - Prefer free range laying. Rare breed that is hard to find.
Quite prolific layers that are friendly and distinctive in color. My pond and I inherited a pair who promptly presented us w/15 ducklings. I did not know they were a rare breed and gave them away once they could swim keeping the orig. pair. Now I’m kicking myself as I would love another pair. The Magpie is a friendly, easy keeper that is smart and elegant while still remaining hardy. The Magpie is as beautiful as a swan with many more benefits.
Pros - Cute, Pretty, Easy to raise, Hatchable, Matures early
Cons - Not the great egg layers everybody says, Drakes can be difficult during breeding season
I love my Magpie ducks! I started out with 8, and now down to 4 for various reasons. I got mine from www.johnsonswaterfowl.com. They were easy to raise (minus the mess), and matured early. I got my first egg at 21 weeks! They continued laying until winter, and then started back up in around April, and stopped again in July. I haven't gotten an egg since then. I did have the chance to hatch out 4 Magpie ducklings and a Stanbridge white duckling in July. 5 out of 5 eggs! I will continue to breed them, and would like to get more! I am hoping to get some eggs and hatch out some blues from www.chickcharneyfarm.com!!!! A ton of pictures here: ViolinPlayer123's Ducks! Warning: Very Picture HEAVY post!
"The Most Charming Ducks In My Flock"
Pros - Quiet, Sweet, Beautiful
Cons - Skiddish, but I didn't really work on making them not afraid of me anyway...
I really love these ducks, when I was looking for breeds to have in my flock in the Spring, I saw these and decided to get some to breed since they were rare. I currently have one couple, not all of them made it. They are very sweet, though shy, but that may be because I didn't really work on making it so they won't be afraid of me. My boy Magpie just might be my favorite of the flock. I like knowing that I'm helping preserving a rare breed, especially one as charming as the Magpie. I think they are a great choice of duck. My girl is sweet and shy, I've seen her put her head under one of the boy's head as if for protection, she's a very gentle little lady. All in all they are a great duck!gilbert2 likes this.