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.
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.
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 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
|Pekin Ducks (above):
|| $7.00 Each
|White Danish Geese (below):
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|
|Assorted Indian Runner Ducks||$16.70 Each|
|Brown Chinese Geese
|Tufted Buff Geese
Minimum order for waterfowl is 4
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.
Tufted Buff 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.