Ducks & Geese

DUCKS

PEKIN DUCK By far, the most popular duck for the meat producer, these ducks are fast growing with a good feed conversion.
Available starting in April, these little ducklings are often portrayed as those adorable little Easter ducklings.


ROUEN DUCK
Originating from France, Rouen ducks are remarkably similar in looks to the more popular Mallard. One significant difference however, is that the Rouen is said to have the most flavorful meat.  As layers they are moderate, often producing eggs that are greenish in color.

Silver Appleyard Ducks

The Silver Appleyard breed was developed by Reginald Appleyard of England in the 1930’s. Among the heavy weight ducks, Silver Appleyards and the Saxony are considered the most active foragers. Some claim that the Appleyards have the most flavorful meat of the ducks and they can often hatch and raise their own ducklings. They are reputedly the best egg layers among the heavy weight ducks.

Blue Swedish

These are a very elegant bird, similar in size to the Rouen Duck. The oddity of these birds is that only 50% hatch in the blue/grey colour, 25% hatch as silver and 25% hatch as black & white.  By crossing the silver with the black & white you will obtain 100% blue/grey ducks.  This bird is very hardy and calm and would be a great addition to your backyard flock.

Khaki Campbell

 Khaki Campbell are one of the more famous and popular duck breeds due to its excellent egg production. It was introduced in 1901 by Mrs. Adele Campbell of Gloucestershire, England. She experimented with Runners crossed with Rouen and Mallards but never revealed the exact genetic makeup of her Campbells. The advantage over the pure Runner was a more useful carcass for meat and improved egg production. Though they have been turned into an exhibition type breed, she was adamant that her birds were designed for production, not the exhibition hall.

Initially they were a fairly mixed color breed but later an emphasis was placed on the current khaki color. It is interesting that at the same time the khaki color was being bred into the Campbell, there was a patriotic fervor for the British troops fighting the Boer War who also wore the khaki color. Once the “Khaki” was attached to “Campbell”, the breed gained even more popularity. The Khaki Campbell gained even more renown due to egg laying contests where it averaged up to 39 more eggs laid than the second best breed. One Khaki Campbell laid 346 eggs in 365 days while another laid one egg a day for 225 straight days.

 

Assorted Indian Runners

The unique aspect of Runner ducks is their slender, upright stance. This enables them to move around much more quickly than most other breeds of ducks. Because of their speed and herding instinct, Runners are often used for training sheep dogs. They originally came from Southeast Asia. Many different colors of Runners have been developed, including the Fawn and White, the Black, Blue and Chocolate.

Available May 2 – June 4, 2019
Minimum 4 per order, unsexed only

Pekin Ducks (above):
  $7.00 Each
White Danish Geese (below):
 $9.10 Each
Specialty waterfowl available May 23 – June 4, 2019 unsexed only
Silver Appleyard Ducks   $18.25 Each
Blue Swedish Ducks   $16.30 Each
Khaki Campbell Ducks   $15.75 Each
Rouen Ducks
  $10.75 Each
Assorted Indian Runner Ducks   $16.70 Each
Brown Chinese Geese
  $35.25 Each
Tufted Buff Geese
  $39.95 Each
Toulouse Geese
  $36.95 Each

Minimum order for waterfowl is 4
(can be made up with a variety but must be a minimum of 4)
All Waterfowl is sold Unsexed only
NO EXCEPTIONS
** please order early as there is very limited numbers **

GEESE

White Danish Geese are ideal for meat production due to their large size and rapid growth. Its white feathers make it more eye appealing when dressed, and the feathers are great for pillows. The White Danish goose can reach weights up to 25 lbs live at maturity.

Most popular Butchering Goose

Brown Chinese Geese
These are the smallest of the common domestic geese and are often referred to as Swan Geese because of their carriage, grace and ancestry.

Tufted Buff Geese

The Tufted Buff geese originated from the American Buff geese. Their unique characteristic is a tuft of feathers on the top of their head much like the Tufted Roman goose. It is a breed developed in the United States.

Toulouse Geese

Many people first think of Toulouse when geese are mentioned. They are fairly common, lay a good number of fertile eggs and are a sturdy, durable breed. They are one of the best breeds at hatching and raising their own young. This breed of goose was developed in France where the city of Toulouse is the region’s center. They were first exported to England in the 1840’s and America in the early 1850’s. Though they fatten up well if you want a good roasted goose, their darker pin feathers do not produce as attractive a carcass as a white goose. The advantage of the darker feathers is the adult birds appear neater and cleaner than a white goose if it is muddy or late in the season.