Blain's Farm & Fleet Guide to Duck Breeds

You probably haven't given ducks a thought when it comes to what poultry you want for your farm but ducks can be a great low maintenance option for you and your family. Duck eggs are surprisingly more delicious than chicken eggs with more protein, calcium, iron and potassium. Raising ducks for meat production can also be a great niche market if you're planning on selling at your local farmer's market. Find the right breed of duck for all your egg and meat needs.

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Cayuga Duck

Cayuga

Main Use:
Egg / Meat Production
Egg Production:
Excellent
Egg Color:
Black to White

The Cayuga Duck is used for meat and egg production and does well at poultry shows.  The name comes from where it was once very popular, Cayuga Lake, New York State.  Noted feature is the iridescent beetle green color coming from the black feathers in the correct light.  The Cayuga Duck is one of the most popular ducks for showing. They are very active foragers and love to eat snails, slugs and other destructive insects. The Cayuga Duck is calm and does not fly.

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Khaki Campbell Duck

Khaki Campbell

Main Use:
Egg Production
Egg Production:
Excellent
Egg Color:
White

Khaki Campbell Duck originated in England in 1901 by Adele Campbell. The Khaki Campbell duck breed is one of most prolific egg layers of the duck breeds and if you like to use duck eggs in cooking then this is the breed for you. They are an avid forager and are very active. They make a good farm or backyard duck. Khaki Campbell Duck drakes have an upright posture and a green or bluish-green bill, greenish-bronze heads and backs, with the remainder of the plumage being a shad of khaki tan. Generally the Khaki Campbell duck hen will lay its first egg at 20 weeks of age.

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Rouen Duck

Rouen

Main Use:
Egg / Meat Production
Egg Production:
Excellent
Egg Color:
Blue-Green to Near-White

Rouen Ducks are the basic coloration of the Mallards only larger and do not fly more than 100 feet.  A French breed that is used both for eggs and meat.  A great water fowl for the ranch pond, they make good backyard ducks and are good for insect control. The Rouen Duck is calm, sociable and very entertaining as pets. The Rouen Duck is a slower grower than the Pekin.

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White Pekin Duck

White Pekin

Main Use:
Egg / Meat Production
Egg Production:
Excellent
Egg Color:
White

The Pekin Duck originated in China and was introduced into the Americas in the 1870s. This duck is very hardy and fast growing duck and is used for meat.  The White Pekin Duck is one of the most popular breeds of ducks and have a fast growth rate and hatching ability.  They are entertaining and very very active.

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