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Welsh Harlequin

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  • Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Silver Phase
    Gold Phase
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    Welsh Harlequin ducks are a derivative of Khaki Campbell ducks. When Leslie Bonnet of Wales found 2 light color mutations in his khaki flock, he began to breed for the trait. Welsh Harlequin ducks began to be imported in to the US in the late 60's with additional imports made in the 80's to diversify the gene pool. Welsh Harlequins were recognized by the American Poultry Association in 2001.
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  • Breed Details:
    Weight classification: Lightweight breed. 5-6 pounds. Dual purpose. Great egg layer. Plucks clean.
    Brooding: Welsh Harlequin hens will brood their own eggs.
    Eggs/year: 300+
    Flight: Welsh Harlequins are NOT good fliers. They may leap and flap a bit but they don't get far.
    Personality: Welsh Harlequins are a friendly, curious breed. Drakes can get protective when their hens are nesting, but they are not capable of doing much harm.
    Drake traits: Iridescent green/black head, pale yellow bill with black bean, white neck ring, chestnut shoulders, cream and brown stippling on back, black (silver phase) or brown tail (gold phase), iridescent blue (silver phase) or bronze (gold phase) wing bands, orange feet with black toenails.
    Hen traits: Creamy white with a stippled effect in browns, slate to dark olive green bills, dark legs and feet, and iridescent blue (silver phase) or bronze iridescent (gold phase) wing bands.
    Duckling traits: Yellow with slight blushing of black (silver phase) or brown (gold phase) on their heads. Welsh Harlequins can be sex linked at hatching. Females have light pink bills. Males have dark bills.







Recent User Reviews

  1. GoldenFlight
    "Sweet Heart"
    Pros - Tame, beautiful, good layer, and adorable personality!
    Cons - Of course not!
    We got our Welsh Harlequin hen (Lucy) last summer. Lucy is so sweet and very loving to both people and to the other ducks. She has been a very good layer and lays beautiful big eggs!

  2. BantyChooks
    "Best Breed Ever!"
    Pros - Large, Tame, Good layers, Beautiful colors, Hardy
    Cons - I can't think of anything!
    Welshies are my favorite duck breed! (besides calls) They are very tame and will crawl on your lap for food, follow you around, and generally act sweet.
    My first trio is 1 month old right now, and I LOVE them. They are totally different from my last ducks, (mallard x, I think?) being much more personable and silly. Overall, I would highly recommend this breed, especially for those new to ducks.
  3. Banjosan
    "A good all purpose duck"
    Pros - Calm, quiet, winter hardy, good for meat and eggs, make good mothers
    Cons - The drakes are randy but that's a drake for you!
    I have kept Welsh Harlequins for over 5 years. I love the coloring and it changes slightly depending on the season or the age of the bird. Like all waterfowl ducks can be flighty but these birds are as calm as they come. I expect one could tame them as a pet if one had the inclination.

User Comments

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  1. GoldenFlight
    Great, I think you would love one!!! Do you have any ducks now?
  2. Table4Six
    I'm so glad I saw this! I've been looking for some reviews about welsh harlequins, because I would like to buy a female. Thanks!
  3. Zombified
    Just updating this review:

    The Welshies did start laying, and they laid extremely well! All of our Welsh hens went broody. All of my ducks have passed on(predator while we were fixing the fence), but I will absolutely be getting Welsh Harlequins again.
  4. growsaposy
    Super interesting! Keep us posted!
  5. Nebraskagirl
    LOVE my Welsh Harlequins! They are calm, great foragers, smart and are tremendous layers of nice big eggs! They are curious and just great to watch. They are good for beginners and for those who want to add a bit of color to their flock.
  6. Peepsicle
    They look pretty!!! We have fish in our fountain in the back, so we couldn't get ducks (they would eat the fish), but I think that they are cool.
  7. JustDuckie23
    You wouldn't regret it :)
  8. Scooter&Suzie
    Hmmm... If I buy another coop I will want to turn my current one into a home for a couple of these! They sound so nice!
  9. ducklover700
    Did you pay that price for adults or ducklings?
  10. Totalcolour
    Nice to hear you are happy with them - my ducklings should be here in about a month!

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