duck weight classes?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by nettie, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

    Nov 20, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    For my upcoming website store for all things ducky, i've decided to size things (diaper harnesses, walking harnesses, wing wraps, ect) based on duck weight classes... I can't seem to find a definitive list of breeds in each weight class, i i was wondering if you guys might help me out? here's what i have so far-

    bantam- (x-tra small)
    calls, black east indies, silkies, austrailian spotted, mini appleyards, mallards, wood ducks, mandarins, snowy mallards

    Light weight- (small)
    Indian runners, bali ducks, khaki campbells, welsh harlequins, magpies, abacot rangers

    Medium weight- (medium)
    buff orps, golden cascades, hook bills, cayuga, swedish, crested,

    Heavy- (large)
    saxony, aylesbury, rouen, muscovy, jumbo pekin, pekin, appleyards

    not sure-

    Do you think this list sounds good? I'm thinking bantams are 2lb and under, lights are 3-5 pounds, meds are 6-8, heavy 9-12.

    I am also thinking of adding an XL and XXL sizes to include geese-
    XL- Male Muscovies, Sebastopol, Pilgrim, American Buff, Pomeranian (12-15lbs)
    XXL- Toulouse, Embden, African (16 and up?)

    And what about geese? Are the light class geese about the same size as larger ducks? So could a chinese, roman, egyptian, or canadian be about the same size as an aylesbury or a female muscovy? i don't have geese so any input on them and their sizes would be greatly appreciated!

    I'd also like to include turkeys, peafowl, guinea fowl, quail, pigeon/doves etc... but that will take some research on their sizes and breeds... i might offer those as a custom order. Anyone with any ideas let me know. i might just have to experiement with people if they ask, maybe offer a harness at a low price if they give me measurements and let me
    know how it works out...

    I'm also wondering about foot sizes, I know bantams have typically smaller feet and don't muscovies have much larger feet than say a pekin?
  2. Dances with Ducks

    Dances with Ducks Chillin' With My Peeps

    This info is from Holderread:
    Bantams weigh between 18 to 40 ounces
    Lightweights are three 1/2 to five 1/2 pounds
    Mediumweight are six to eight pounds
    Heavyweight are seven to twelve pounds

    Anconas are mediumweight
  3. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    Are Welsh Harlequins light weight? Mine are bigger than the khakis were and closer to the size of the buff I used to have but they are smaller than a Swedish. Hummmm
  4. Dances with Ducks

    Dances with Ducks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Holderread's bulletin on WH says it's common for many drakes to get up to six pounds and the ducks up to five 1/2. He recomends the overly large ones not be used for breeding.
    Chris and Mike Ashton say the standard for Buff Orpington is 7lbs to 9lbs for drakes, and 6lbs to 8lbs for ducks.
  5. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    chinese and roman female - 10lbs
    chinese and roman male - 12lbs

    muscovy male - 10 to 15lbs with some getting even larger
    muscovy female - 6 to 8lbs

    looking at my roman gander next to the muscovy drake, the gander appears to be much larger /shrug

    the biggest difference is weight distribution, so i'm unsure if you could use the same diaper for both. my female chinese is much longer and gracefully shaped (than muscovy), my roman gander is wider and longer (than muscovy), while the muscovy drake is short and squat.
  6. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

    Nov 20, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    for geese and runners, one would have to let me know ahead of time. sinxe they have longer bodies, they need a longer back strap... the rest of the pieces are the same for a similar sized animal
  7. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

    Nov 20, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    oh and they will be adjustable for differences in each individual, but i need a general size to work with... a butt pouch on a bantam needs to be smaller then that on a scovy! lol. I figured most will be made to order, but i'd like to have some ready ahead of time in case a get a bigger demand one week... i still have to have a normal life outside of ducky-dom... hard to believe huh? lol

    So i guess what i'd like to know is do you think the body mass of the ducks mentioned in each class are similar enough to each other? Is a cayuga's shape/mass close to a magpies? I wish i was still in alabama so i could just borrow allaboutdemchicks and goat walkers ducks for a few minutes. lol. there aren't many ducks in the chicagoland area, unfortuntely for me to go investigate.

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