Khaki Campbell Temperment

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Gabby2016, Sep 29, 2016.

  1. Gabby2016

    Gabby2016 In the Brooder

    Sep 23, 2016
    Mobile, AL
    HI! Need some guidence from some of you pros out there. We are looking at getting some Khaki Campbells to start out little "duck farm". I have seen in a couple of places that label the Khaki Campbells as nervous and others that say they are more calm. I'm thinking that if we are around them alot or handle them alot while they are growing from ducklings to adults they may be more social and calm. What have you found in your experience? Thanks for any advice.
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  2. ckarnie

    ckarnie Hatching

    Sep 30, 2016
    I am no expert, but started our small khaki farm last April. Both the drakes and the ducks have been shy and gentle. The shyness actually works well when herding them into their duck house. That said, attempting to encourage them to be social with treats has only made them more used to coming within 3 feet of me on their own. Maybe we didn't hold them enough as ducklings (from tractor supply). I wouldn't call mine nervous as long as I am not making quick sudden movements. So far these have been great, seem content and produce an egg a day since 6 weeks ago!

    One other note is that we fenced a roaming area with 2ft chicken wire. Only once did a duck slip out (probably under a loose section bordering a hill). It seems as soon as the duck realized it was out, it wanted to be back inside the fence to be with the rest of the pack. These ducks all stick together...

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  3. Bills vs Beaks

    Bills vs Beaks Free Ranging

    Aug 31, 2016
    NJ USA
    My Coop
    No more to add except we handled ours a lot(we also got them from TSC), and they are no more tame than yours. Its just the temperament. Love it if someone has got a really tame one to show us.
    They can get used to being picked up but that's not to say they enjoy it like my other special pet duck seems to. BUt they are great egg layers and that makes em worth it if you want a lot of eggs.
    There's a Khaki Campbell duck thread here check it out!
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  4. quackers619

    quackers619 Songster

    Aug 21, 2015
    I have one Khaki drake and i love him he is the coolest duck ever. I love his temperment.......However i know nothing about the girls....
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  5. Bills vs Beaks

    Bills vs Beaks Free Ranging

    Aug 31, 2016
    NJ USA
    My Coop
    Handling laying ducks that aren't really really tame isn't a good idea. If they struggle a forming egg can break, and the shell can cut them and it'll just be a mess(thank God I've never had that, but that's why i don't catch my girls unless they have a health problem(like limping)).
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2016
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  6. kgriffin33

    kgriffin33 In the Brooder

    Feb 26, 2018
    My seven Khaki Campbells that I hatched are about three months old now. From the beginning they have acted like I was going to chop their heads off every time I walk in their pen. I handled them, talked to them, and they are terrified of me--and everyone else. I just hatched 12 Saxonys, and I can already see a difference. While they may be a little "wary" they are not afraid of me like the Khakis are. I was really disappointed in how nervous the Khakis are, and I don't see it getting any better the older they get.
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  7. llombardo

    llombardo Songster

    Mar 11, 2018
    I agree. I feel if they were allowed to free range versus in an enclosure they would not come back
  8. CayugaJana

    CayugaJana Free Ranging

    Sep 2, 2017
    I’ve only had one drake and he was the most flighty of all that I had. (Black swedish, Pekin, and Cayuga) He was a turd too..... he would peck me with his bill when I fed him treats. But I’m sure there is a turd drake in every breed.

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