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.
White Pekin Duck
The Pekin Duck originated in China and was introduced into the Americas in the 1870s. It’s one of the most popular breeds of ducks due to their fast growth rate and hatching ability. They are also very hardy and often used for meat. Overall, Pekin Ducks are entertaining and very active.
Khaki Cambell Duck
The Khaki Campbell duck originated in England during 1901 and is one of the most prolific egg layers of the duck breeds. They are very active, avid foragers that make a good farm or backyard duck. Khaki Campbell duck drakes have an upright posture, a green or bluish-green bill, greenish-bronze heads, and backs, with the remainder of the plumage being a shade of khaki tan. Generally, they lay their first egg at 20 weeks of age.
Rouen Ducks are the basic coloration of the Mallards only larger and do not fly more than 100 feet. They are a French breed used both for eggs and meat. Rouen are an excellent waterfowl for the ranch pond, make good backyard ducks, and are suitable for insect control. The Rouen Duck is calm, friendly, and very entertaining as a pet. However, they are much slower growing than the Pekin.