Duck Breed Focus - Aylesbury

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by sumi, Feb 6, 2016.

  1. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    The Aylesbury duck originates from the early 18th Century from the town of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, England where it became a profitable cottage industry supplying the demands of London’s Markets. Originally called ‘White English’ until 1815, they became known as Aylesbury Ducks. The most popular area in Aylesbury (and also one of the poorest), where the ducks were reared became known as ‘Duck End’. The ducks often lived inside the cottages of their owners, which made conditions very unsanitary.
    The First World War negatively affected the duck industry in Buckinghamshire, and by the 1950's, there was only one good flock of this breed left. The Second World War further affected the breed and by then, Duck rearing in Aylesbury had almost disappeared completely. During the late 1900's however, the Aylesbury began to gain popularity a bit and with this interest, the breed were further developed and by the 20th century, the Aylesbury had been split into meat and show bird categories.
    Larger duck rearing industries started to supply the demand for duck meat and eggs and the Pekin duck that was introduced in 1873 had been bred specifically for eggs and meat, which helped diminish the popularity of the Aylesbury. Today, the Aylesbury breed is on endangered species lists, one of which being the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.

    Purpose: Dual, egg laying and meat
    Egg colour: White, tinted, green
    Breed colour/variety: White plumage, pink bill, orange feet
    Weight: Drake, 11 lbs; Duck 10 lbs

    Pic by @chickfinland

    Pic by @chickfinland

    Pic by @nissa_loves_cats

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    Do you own Aylesbury ducks? Are you an Aylesbury breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including:

    · What made you decide to get this breed?
    · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose?
    · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed?
    · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!
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  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Thank you Sumi for showcasing this breed. I hope we have some members who have them and they will show alot of pics and comments about them. It's wonderful they were not lost forever.
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  3. N F C

    N F C home again! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
    x2 on Miss Lydia's comments!
  4. macgro7

    macgro7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    The pure Aylesbury are slow growing massive birds with WHITE/PINKISH beak - never orange or yellow. Most white ducks in UK are advertised as Aylesbury but most of them are crosses with pekin (not even pure pekin...).
    I love the pure exhibition Aylesbury. I very read that there only two herds of pure commercial Aylesbury left in the UK [​IMG]
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    That's sad. Maybe you should begin to bring them back @macgro7
  6. ViolinPlayer123

    ViolinPlayer123 True BYC Addict

    Oct 26, 2015
    And only 4 in the U.S. :(
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Wow [​IMG]
  8. macgro7

    macgro7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    They actually Aylesbury ducks. Beautiful large birds. Nothing like the pekin.
  9. macgro7

    macgro7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a dilemma: should I breed exhibition Aylesbury or even more endangered and much smaller (cheaper to feed) Dutch Hookbills? At the moment I don't have the facilities to keep both breeds and breed them true to their breed standards as I would have keep them together [​IMG]
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2016
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    If it was me having to make this decision I'd probably want to go with the more endangered. Plus i love the look of the Hook Bill.

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