Ultimate Duck Breed List

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by BirdNerd101, Jul 23, 2013.

  1. BirdNerd101

    BirdNerd101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read people say over and over different information of different breeds, so I decided to make list using your posts and the internet on all duck breeds. if any of this info is incorrect tell me or if you have more info on the same breeds or different breeds, that will be appreciated.
    Duck Breed Profiles

    Pekin
    Uses: Fast growing duck. Used for mainly meat. Easily cleaned carcass
    Origin: China
    Colour: White
    Egg Production: Very good, 140-220 white eggs per year
    Class: Heavy
    Broody: No; do not make good mothers
    Temperament: Calm, make good pets
    Foraging: Fair
    Noisy: Yes
    Weight: Male 10-11lbs Female 8-9lbs
    Flight: Unable
    Hardiness: Fair
    Artificial Incubation Ability: Excellent


    Indian Runner
    Uses: Egg production, carcasses to small for meat
    Origin: Indonesia
    Colour: Over 24 Colours and Multiple Hybrid Colours
    Egg Production: Excellent, 150-300 white eggs per year
    Class: Light
    Broody: Rarely, Makes okay mothers
    Temperament: Nervous, does well in groups
    Foraging: Very good, will forage most of the day
    Noisy: Noisy – Semi- Quiet
    Weight: Male 4lbs Female 3 ½ lbs
    Flight: Unable
    Hardiness: Not cold hardy
    Artificial Incubation Ability: Excellent

    Blue Swedish
    Uses: Matures slow, an okay all purpose duck
    Origin: Germany
    Colour: Black with grey body and white underparts
    Egg Production: Good, 120-180 eggs per year
    Class: Medium
    Broody: Occasionally
    Temperament: Calm
    Foraging: Good
    Noisy: Moderate
    Weight: Male 8lbs Females 7lbs
    Flight: Unable
    Hardiness: Very cold hardy
    Artificial Incubation Ability: Excellent

    Rouen
    Uses: Exhibition and a Meat duck
    Origin: France
    Colour: Same markings as Mallard Ducks
    Egg Production: Okay, 35-125 waxy green eggs per year
    Class: Heavy
    Broody: Yes
    Temperament: Calm, Gentle
    Foraging: Good
    Noisy: Moderate-Quiet
    Weight: Male 8-9lbs Female 6-7lbs
    Flight: Unable
    Hardiness: Good
    Artificial Incubation Ability: Excellent

    Khaki Campbell
    Uses: Excellent Multi- Purpose bird
    Origin: England
    Colour: Brown breast with black head. Females all brown
    Egg Production: Excellent, 250-325 white eggs per year
    Class: Light
    Broody: Yes
    Temperament: Nervous
    Foraging: Very Good
    Noisy: Very Noisy
    Weight: Male 4 ½ Female 4lbs
    Flight: Possible Flyer
    Hardiness: Cold Hardy
    Artificial Incubation Ability: Excellent

    Cayuga
    Uses: Flavourful Meat and Eggs
    Origin: United States
    Colour: Blackish, Greeny-Blue. Can develop grey feathers in old age
    Egg Production: Good, Laying 130-180 eggs per year
    Class: Medium
    Broody: Occasionally
    Temperament: Calm
    Foraging: Good
    Noisy: Loud
    Weight: Male 7lbs Female 6lbs
    Flight: No
    Hardiness: Very Hardy
    Artificial Incubation Ability: Excellent


    Buff Orpington
    Uses: Multi- Purpose Duck
    Origin: France
    Colour: Fawn Brown and White
    Egg Production: Good, Laying 130-180 eggs per year
    Class: Heavy
    Broody: Yes
    Temperament: Calm, make good pets
    Foraging: Good
    Noisy: Semi Loud to Quiet
    Weight: Male 8lbs, Female 7lbs
    Flight: No
    Hardiness: Cold Hardy
    Artificial Incubation Ability: Excellent


    Magpie
    Uses: Dual Purpose Breed, Show
    Origin: Wales
    Colour: Black and White Speckled
    Egg Production: Good, 220-290 large eggs per year
    Class: Light
    Broody: Yes
    Temperament: Friendly
    Foraging: Great, Forages Frequently
    Noisy: Average
    Weight: Male 5lbs Female 4lbs
    Flight: Possible
    Hardiness: N/A
    Artificial Incubation Ability: Excellent

    White Crested
    Uses: Utility Duck, Ornamental
    Origin: Holland
    Colour: White with a “cotton ball” on their heads
    Egg Production: Good, 100-130 eggs per year
    Class: Medium
    Broody: Rarely
    Temperament: Nervous
    Foraging: Fair
    Noisy: Loud
    Weight: Male 7lbs Female 6lbs
    Flight: No
    Hardiness: Okay
    Artificial Incubation Ability: Excellent


    Muscovy
    Uses: Raised for meat that’s considered a delicacy
    Origin: South America
    Colour: Comes in many colours
    Egg Production: Okay, 50-125 waxy white eggs per year
    Class: Heavy
    Broody: Yes
    Temperament: Friendly, Quiet, Calm
    Foraging: Good
    Noisy: Quackless Duck
    Weight: Male 13 ½lbs Female 9lbs
    Flight: Yes
    Hardiness: Cold Hardy
    Artificial Incubation Ability: Poor


    Welsh Harlequin
    Uses: Used for eggs
    Origin: Wales
    Colour: Males white and black, Females light brown
    Egg Production: Excellent, 150-200 eggs per year
    Class: Heavy
    Broody: Yes
    Temperament: Very-calm
    Foraging: Very Good
    Noisy: Very Noisy
    Weight: Male 5 ½ lbs Female 4 ½ lbs
    Flight: Unable
    Hardiness: Cold Hardy
    Artificial Incubation Ability: Excellent

    Ancona
    Uses: Great laying ability, dual purpose
    Origin: England
    Colour: Can come in a variety of colours, such as black, chocolate and spotted
    Egg Production: Excellent, 210-280 white, cream or blue eggs per year
    Class: Medium
    Broody: Yes, make good mothers
    Temperament: Calm
    Foraging: Excellent
    Noisy: Medium
    Weight: Males 6 ½ lbs, Females 6lbs
    Flight: Unable
    Hardiness: Very Hardy
    Artificial Incubation Ability: Excellent


    Aylesbury
    Uses: Meat Bird, Utility
    Origin: England
    Colour: White
    Egg Production: Poor, 35-125 eggs per year
    Class: Heavy
    Broody: Yes, okay mothers
    Temperament: Very Calm, Lazy, make: good pets
    Foraging: Okay
    Noisy: Medium
    Weight: Male and Female 10lbs
    Flight: Unable
    Hardiness: Hardy
    Artificial Incubation Ability: Good


    Appleyard
    Uses: Egg laying breed
    Origin: England
    Colour: Males are brown and black, Females white, black and brown
    Egg Production: Excellent, 200-270 eggs per year
    Class: Heavy
    Broody: Yes
    Temperament: Calm
    Foraging: Excellent
    Noisy: Medium
    Weight: Males 10lbs Females 7lbs
    Flight: Unable
    Hardiness: Hardy
    Artificial Incubation Ability: Excellent

    Dutch Hookbill
    Uses: Exhibition,Ornamental, good layers
    Origin: Netherlands
    Colour: Multiple colours including white, brown, and mallard patterned
    Egg Production: Excellent, 100-225 eggs per year
    Class: Light
    Broody: Occasionally , make good mothers
    Temperament: Calm
    Foraging: Excellent, one of the best foragers
    Noisy: Medium-Loud
    Weight: Male 4-5lbs Female 3-4lbs
    Flight: Low
    Hardiness: Very Hardy
    Artificial Incubation Ability: Okay


    Saxony
    Uses: Exhibition and Utility, meat duck
    Origin: Germany
    Colour: male has a grey body and a brown breast, females are brown and white
    Egg Production: good, 100-160 eggs per year
    Class: Heavy
    Broody: Rarely, make okay mothers
    Temperament: Calm
    Foraging: Excellent
    Noisy: Medium
    Weight: Male 7lbs Female 10lbs
    Flight: Unables
    Hardiness: Cold and Heat Hardy
    Artificial Incubation Ability: Excellent
     
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  2. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

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    [​IMG] Thats a great quick look up tool to be able to compare different breeds at a glance. Thanks for taking the time to put that together. Im sure some members will find it interesting.
     
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I like it too, great job... [​IMG]
     
  4. BirdNerd101

    BirdNerd101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks alot. i wanted all the info to be in one place. im glad you like it!
     
  5. derrickj70

    derrickj70 New Egg

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    Thank you! This was very helpful. I am looking for breeds.
     
  6. Jessica89

    Jessica89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very useful! Thank you =)
     
  7. Richb353

    Richb353 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Love me some Cayuga and Welsh Harlequin.

    I established my hobby farm last year with these two breeds and have to say my opinion is a little different than the description above. Both are relatively docile, but definitely not "very noisy" or "loud". Mine sound like they are chatting amongst themselves most of the time with a healthy "quack" thrown in at random. Welsh are a "light" breed. The egg production numbers seem a little low as well, right now my ladies are giving me an egg a day.

    Something else that was included in my decision for these particular breeds was the Conservation Priority List from The Livestock Conservancy:

    Critically Endangered:
    Ancona
    Aylesbury
    Magpie
    Saxony
    Silver Appleyard
    Welsh Harlequin

    Threatened:
    Buff or Orpington
    Cayuga

    Watch:
    Campbell
    Rouen
    Swedish
     
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  8. Paigej

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    I also want to add my Campbells and Cayuga were fairly quiet. The Campbells were chatty and my Cayuga quacked every now and then. The Rouen I had was very noisy. DH kept threatening to throw her in a pot.
     
  9. israelduck

    israelduck New Egg

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    Hi, what does "artificial incubation ability" mean?
     
  10. HannahDuckLover

    HannahDuckLover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think the "artificial" belongs. It seems to mean NATURAL incubation ability - how well a duck will go broody, set on her eggs, hatch them, and mother them.
     

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