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what kind of duck for egg laying?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by steve25, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. steve25

    steve25 In the Brooder

    Mar 8, 2010
    riley, michigan
    i want to get some ducks for their eggs. my neighbor gave me some pekin eggs and they were very good. so i want to know which ducks are the good layers?
  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

    Jul 16, 2009
    Khaki Campbells and Runners are supposed to be good layers. [​IMG]
  3. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    Khaki Campbells (250-340 eggs per year), Indian Runners (150-300), Welsh Harlequins (240-33), Magpies (220-290), Anconas (210-280), and Appleyards (200-270) are all great layers. Breed is important, and so is strain, so make sure you buy from a reputable breeder who maintains good laying strains, since that's important to you.

    Beyond eggs, each breed has its own look, personality, and other qualities that make them better or worse for specific situations, and some are easier to find than others. Runners are funny looking (literally--they make me laugh--and I LOVE them) and skittish, and they are extremely amusing and also very hardy and great foragers--they're not too hard to find. Khaki campbells are the best layers but personally I find them boring both in looks and personality--plus they're even more skittish than Runners--but they're relatively easy to find. Welsh Harlequins (I have heard--never owned them myself) are calmer and peaceful, and have the cool advantage of being able to sex day-olds by bill color--I think they're unusual but not rare. Magpies are absolutely gorgeous and large enough to be a meat bird if desired, and they are stunning pond ornaments with their striking black and white pattern--very uncommon, bordering on rare bird. Anconas are colorful and large, and that is all I know about them (no personal experience) except that they are even rarer than magpies. Appleyards are very rare, very pretty, large and that is all I know about them (again, no personal experience) except that they are probably the most rare of the breeds listed here.

    Good luck--whatever you get, you're going to love the eggs, and ducks are sweet and fun. [​IMG]

    (Edited to change my description of Appleyards, which I had gotten wrong initially...)
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2010
  4. Red Maple Farms

    Red Maple Farms Wish Granted

    Feb 25, 2010
    NE Wisconsin
    Below is a link to a duck egg chart that shows typical production for various breeds.


    Our farm uses pekin ducks as the main layers, as does this duck egg farm in New Zealand.


    We do this because you can quickly convert over to meat production in the event that the egg market slows down, and vice versa. That is something you can not do with the lighter duck breeds such as runners and campbells.
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2010
  5. Quote:Yes, I have been reading on ducks for a long time and those are the best eggers in order.

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