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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ViolinPlayer123, Nov 18, 2015.
What is the rarest breed of recognized ducks?
According to the livestock conservancy, the most endangered breeds of duck are the ancona, aylesbury, magpie, saxony, silver appleyard, and welsh harlequin. I'm not sure which out of those is the most endangered, but all of them sure could use some help conserving them!
I know but its so hard to choose!
Well, as a welsh harlequin breeder, I'm a little biased, but they are an amazing breed I'd say go with whichever appeals to you most. Any one of those breeds could use the help and no matter which you chose you'd be helping to preserve them.
I acquired a little flock of Ancona's recently(about 6). I don't know that they are the "most" endangered but they are an at risk breed and they are BEAUTIFUL and unlike the more uniform breeds each duck has it's own unique pattern so it's easy to tell each duck apart. They are also tough, friendly, good layers(early layers too), and even tempered(not skittish). They are everything a duck should be, but then I too may be a little biased.
Something you don't get to really see in the pictures online is the beautiful beetle green sheen that their black feathers get. REALLY pretty. It's like they change color as they walk by you.
How about some pics. I am thinking of this breed next spring..
I don't have any at the moment but I will try and get you some tomorrow.
Can you tell me where you found your Ancona's? That's one of a couple different duck breeds I'm trying to decide between for next year.
Here is a really good page, describes ancona's perfectly with a lot of excellent photos down at the bottom. I'll still try and get a few pics of my ducks but these aren't half bad.
NFLC @learycow has Anconas and she is in the eastern part of the USA