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
Recent User Reviews
Pros - Pretty markings, fun to watch
Cons - Somewhat skittish if not socialized, and drakes can be jerks.
I rescued a pair of Magpie ducks this fall. They have wonderful personalities, but aren’t too keen on human handling(except when you help them fly/give food).
"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!