What breeds of duck should I get?

Angel07

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So, I've got 8 ducks and some eggs in the incubator (2 of which have hatched) and under a broody. Our drake is purebred runner and our ducks are Cayuga and Cayuga x appleyard. 4 are drakes, 3 of which we're culling this weekend hopefully.

We're selling the runner drake because because he's not working out anymore and needs more girls than dad's letting me keep. We've organised for a Cayuga drake and hopefully we'll be getting him in the next couple of weeks.

What are some other good duck breeds? I want to breed them for meat but would like some good layers too. What's everyone's favourite breeds for what I'm wanting?
 

igorsMistress

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You may consider white layers. A bit smaller than Pekins and excellent layers in my experience.
 

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I would take a look at silver appleyard. I don't have any, but I have heard a lot of good things about them. They are a larger breed, so they are good for meat. And people have found they lay a decent number of eggs. People have found them to be a good dual purpose breed, especially for a larger breed of duck.
 

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Yes! White layers are very good layers. Khaki campbells are small but good layers.
I like the white layers but they were just too big for my drake to mate with so he gave them a lot of attitude and they were looking rough. They’re doing great with the Anconas at my sons place, never skipped laying or anything.
 

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