The Magpie duck breed originates from Wales, where it was developed by Rev. G. Williams and O. Drake shortly after the First World War, possibly from an old Belgian Huttegem breed that looks remarkably similar in appearance in old paintings from around that time. Magpie ducks are similar in size and shape as the Khaki Campbell duck breed, but Magpies are predominantly white, with two areas of black plumage, a ‘cap’ on the top of their heads and patch on their backs. The black ‘cap’ becomes flecked with white as the bird ages and some may even turn completely white. Magpie Ducks were entered into the British Waterfowl Standard in 1926. They arrived in the United States from Great Britain in 1963 and were later admitted to the American Standard of Perfection in 1977, where Black and White and Blue and White colour varieties are standardised. Details: Eggs: 80 to 180 Eggs. Origin: Wales, U.K. Weight: Drake: 5.5 - 7lb, Duck: 4.4 - 6lb. Colours: Black & White, Blue & White, Chocolate & White, Dun & White. Pics by @Stacykins BYC Breed Review: https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/magpie Breed discussions: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/805687/new-magpie-thread/0_30 https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/598781/magpie-ducks/0_30 Do you own Magpies? Are you a Magpie 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!