The Silver Appleyard duck was created by Reginald Appleyard, from which the breed took it's name. He created this breed on his farm, “Priory Waterfowl Farm”, which was located at Ixworth, near Bury St. Edmonds in Suffolk, England, in the 1930’s. He managed to create a heavy bird that aged 9 weeks old, could produce a roughly 6.5lbs table bird (plucked) with an excellent meat to bone ratio, that was also capable of laying a good number of large white eggs. After World War II Silver Appleyard ducks became very rare as the interest in poultry declined in Britain. Tom Bartlett, owner of "Folly Farm" in Gloucestershire, England, kept 130 different breeds of poultry for display to the public and was instrumental in reviving the Appleyard during the late 1980’s. Silver Appleyards are usually the most active foragers out of all the breeds of heavy duck. They are great additions to the homestead that make excellent table birds and lay large white eggs and go broody fairly often. The Silver Appleyard was introduced to North America during the late 1960’s, but they took some 20 years before being readily available. The breed was admitted to the British Poultry Standard in 1982 and the American Standard of Perfection in 1998. Details: Uses: Dual purpose, meat and eggs. Egg laying: 100 to 180 large white eggs yearly. Origin: U.K. Weight: Drake: 8 – 10 lbs; Duck: 7 – 8 lbs (large fowl) The breed comes in large fowl as well as "Mini" size. Pic by @Miss Prissy Pic by @Miss Prissy Pic by @Cherlyn Pic by @Cherlyn BYC Reviews: https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/silver-appleyard Breed Discussions: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/283565/mini-appleyard-ducks/0_30 Do you own Silver Appleyards? Are you a Silver Appleyard 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!