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Magpie

Average User Rating:
4.8/5,
  • Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Black/White, Lavender/White, Blue/White, Chocolate/White

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    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    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.
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  • Breed Details:
    Standard coloring for Magpie Ducks includes white breast, neck and under body with a black (or variety) "jacket" and cap on the top of the head. Many have mottled beaks and legs. Their bills get a bit darker and greener with age. The Magpie is considered a lightweight breed - on average the same size as a Campbell - with hens averaging 5 lbs and drakes at 7 lbs. They are excellent layers of large eggs, each female often giving an egg a day for most of the year. They are excellent at foraging and benefit from ample space to roam for bug and snails. They occasionally go broody, but are not an excessively broody breed. Magpies that are not hand raised are often flighty, this is remedied by regular handling. This is a critically endangered breed as listed by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, and is in need of more people to help their numbers grow!

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Recent User Reviews

  1. The Duck Ladie
    5/5,
    "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!
    Overall:
    5
  2. applebutter14
    5/5,
    "wonderful"
    Pros - very friendly
    i have had only 1 magpie and i got him when he was a duckling from out local feed store along with 3 other ducklings, he grew up really fast, he LOVED bananas. i named him furby. he did not have perfect coloring but he still got a blue ribbon at the fair. later that year i sold them because at that time i did not have a place for them over the winter. i wish i would have kept him he would run up to me and jump in my lap when i sat down on the grass.
    Overall:
    5
  3. OreoPlymothRock
    5/5,
    "The Cutest Duck Ever!"
    Pros - Cute, Broody, Docile, Average Egg Layer
    Cons - Can get snappy, are scared of humans
    These ducks are the cutest! We have 2, which then hatched another 2, which are now incubating 17 duck eggs, so we have 4 and soon to be 17. They are average egg layers, so about 4 to 6 a week.
    Overall:
    5
    Purchase Price:
    12.00
    Purchase Date:
    2012-05-31

User Comments

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  1. Elainz
    simple duck shelter ..2 pieces of ply wood about 2'x2' leaned up to make a triangle works great
  2. Stacykins
    Them being scared of humans means the ducklings weren't socialized well enough. I hand raised a few of mine, and they were incredibly tame. Any duck can be nice if socialized, and any duck can be terrified if not socialized. Regular, gentle handling is the key to a friendly animal. If you move quickly, grab at, etc. they're never going to be nice.
  3. PoultryArk
    How is your project going? I got a magpie crested randomly, and he is my favorite.I also have another white crested bachelor. I was planing on getting a bunch of non crested magpie females next spring, since I love the breed, and producing heritage breeds. I am just wondering if you hatched any of your magpie peking crosses. If so, how did they turn out?
  4. kiwijean83
    Stacykins, will you be selling hatching eggs next year? If so, I may be interested in purchasing some from you. I am wavering between Ancona's and Magpies, would love to hear your opinion.

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