tell me what is the best egg-laying duck in your opinion!!!!! :) :) :)

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Taylor, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. Taylor

    Taylor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have campbells and they are good egg layers but i want some more breeds. to you what are the best egg layers and are they domesticated and eat minimum feed, and do they fly??
     
  2. duckling 1234

    duckling 1234 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like Indian Runners, Wels Harlequin, and Blue Swedish, none of which fly.
     
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  3. CityChicker

    CityChicker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say consistently overall, my Runners are my best layers and no, they don't fly. [​IMG]
     
  4. rollyard

    rollyard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is the best layer may not necessarily be dictated by breed alone. Strains within breeds could possibly vary considerably productivety-wise. Generally, Campbells are one of the best breeds for egg production but productivity may be influenced by the strain of campbell (or any other breed for that matter) that you have/keep. Therefore, other breeds (or strains of) could also be quite good layers, including some of the heavier breeds.

    As an example, I currently keep Saxony Ducks developed from Pekin, Buff Orpington, Appleyard, & Rouen which the originator told me lay better than the White Indian Runners (show type) that he also keeps/breeds. Classified as a heavy breed & they cannot fly. They are likely bigger eaters than your Campbells though.

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  5. Kansaseq

    Kansaseq Prairie Wolf Farm Asylum

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    My Saxony lays jumbo sized green eggs every day. Silver Appleyard lays a jumbo white egg every day. Both probably eat more than the smaller ducks, though.
     
  6. Outbackhill Kennels

    Outbackhill Kennels Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have owned several duck breeds and I can say easily the best layers are Khaki Campbells and Welsh Harlequin, both of which have been recorded to lay over 350 eggs a year. They both can't fly and are very striking looking ducks. I currently have 5 Harlequins and they are very personable. They aren't a very big duck but are very easily tamed, I have one hen that won't leave you alone and I never even tried to tame her down. The Harlequins also come is the regular silver and the gold mutation i'll post pics of both.

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    Oh I forgot to add that my swedes personally they aren't good layers at all.
     
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  7. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Another vote here for Welsh Harlequins and runners. I have both. While the runner eggs are bigger, the Welsh Harlequins are friendlier. (My runner is a bit of a spazz)
     
  8. The only possible better layers than Welsh Harlequin and Khaki Campbells are some of the newest breeds put out by a few hatcheries like the Golden Cascade, Golden 300 Hybrids, or White Golden Layers. I also am very happy with Harlequins and Campbells but I happened to get my hands on some of the White Layer eggs to try out my incubator with before my ducks started laying. They won't be first generation but it will be interesting to see how they compare.
     
  9. Chicken Crazy12

    Chicken Crazy12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My vote is for Indian Runners !!!! They are very feed efficent, lay lots of nice large eggs and do not fly. To top it all off they also are great comedians. I own 10 [​IMG]
     
  10. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

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    Indian Runners
     

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