Welsh Harlequin

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Breed Colors/Varieties
Silver Phase
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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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Pros: adorable, quiet, friendly, fun
Cons: can fly but not high
I decided to get a WH because of how pretty I thought their coloring was. WH are very adorable. My girl will look up at me and “smile.” She doesn’t quack much, but when she does it’s not that loud. She loves to splash around in her water. It’s quite fun watching her run, splash, and dive. The most entertaining though is when she flies up and splashed into the water. Thankfully, there is a top on the run so she can’t fly out (we have short fences so she’d probably be able to fly over it if she wanted to). If you’re considering a WH, go for it.
Pros: Great layers, five or six eggs a week
Very friendly and lots of personality - made me laugh a lot
Pretty and easy to tell apart
Smart - I taught them some tricks
They bond with people really easily
Cons: They are not very hardy. Some dropped dead for no reason after wasting away for a few days, which only happened with this breed

They get broody easily - I found it funny but it could be annoying

They seem to have more trouble avoiding predators
While there are a lot of pros, the cons are strong enough that I gave them a lower review

They are great layers and really friendly. I taught them several tricks as well! They're smart - they figured out which window was mine so that they could tap on it and beg for food. They wander but not too far.

However, they are really fragile. I lost many Welshies as ducklings, all but one of my ducklings that I lost were Welshies and they weren't raised any differently. They also seem to just waste away with no explanation before dying a few days later.

It could be that their smaller size compared to my other ducks makes them easier targets for predators, but their ill health was the main issue.

If you keep them alive, they are lovely! They would be my favorite breed if they were hardier.

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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!
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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!
 
I am planning on getting ducks. Pekins were my first choice. Then I heard that they have leg problems because they are meat ducks. Someone suggested a Call, but I heard that they are noisy, and because of their small size, they are more prone to predator attacks. Then someone suggested Welsh Harlequins. I feel like I'm FINALLY at the end of my duck-search. Are these suitable pets? Do they go broody a lot? Are they prone to predator attacks? I don't know much about them yet, but if anyone can answer these questions or tell me about them, could you please start a conversation with me?
 
I am planning on getting ducks. Pekins were my first choice. Then I heard that they have leg problems because they are meat ducks. Someone suggested a Call, but I heard that they are noisy, and because of their small size, they are more prone to predator attacks. Then someone suggested Welsh Harlequins. I feel like I'm FINALLY at the end of my duck-search. Are these suitable pets? Do they go broody a lot? Are they prone to predator attacks? I don't know much about them yet, but if anyone can answer these questions or tell me about them, could you please start a conversation with me?
I raise Pekins and they are very healthy birds. I have had a few leg problems but it is usually from having a hard birth. I also have the Welsh. I think they are so amazing.
 
I am planning on getting ducks. Pekins were my first choice. Then I heard that they have leg problems because they are meat ducks. Someone suggested a Call, but I heard that they are noisy, and because of their small size, they are more prone to predator attacks. Then someone suggested Welsh Harlequins. I feel like I'm FINALLY at the end of my duck-search. Are these suitable pets? Do they go broody a lot? Are they prone to predator attacks? I don't know much about them yet, but if anyone can answer these questions or tell me about them, could you please start a conversation with me?
Hi thanks for the reply! I found that I was not actually at the end of my duck search, I actually decided on blue Swedish ducks. Very pretty and exactly what I was looking for. Thanks again though!
 

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