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Updated on APRIL 21, 2014

2014 Ducks

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Hatch Weeks:  April 1, 15, 29; May 6, 20; June 3, 17, 24; July 8, 22; August 5, 19.

Please note that we do not have any duck hatches scheduled during the month of March unless we have warm weather in February!

Notes:  Most duck breeds lay very well, but once hot weather sets in fertility drops considerably. Amounts of a breed available after mid June will be dependent upon the fertility. We want to educate people on the advantages of waterfowl from the health, production and gardener's point of view. Please consider some ducks as a part of your farm flock this year. Ducks are hardy. Many breeds lay very well. They handle disease, pests and stress so well. I've been quoted as saying they are the slobs of the poultry world chiefly because they can be messy. They do, however, enjoy life and are a delight to have on the farm from day one. They are superb grass and insect control in an orchard!

Order limits:  The number in parenthesis after a breed is the maximum number of that breed that is available from any one hatch. You may order fewer than that number if you would like. If you would like more than that number of that particular breed, you must order enough birds for two (or more) separate shipments from two (or more) separate hatch dates.

PLEASE REMEMBER ALL DAY-OLD POULTRY IS SOLD AS STRAIGHT RUN ONLY.  WE DO NOT SEX ANY OF THE DAY-OLDS.  Since we do not sell sexed chicks, we have no control over what you receive as far as a male-female ratio. Ideally, it is supposed to be a 50-50 split, but anyone who has been in poultry knows it can vary from that.

PLEASE NOTE MINIMUM NUMBER OF BIRDS REQUIREMENT BEFORE ORDERING!

You MUST order 15 ducks (the equivalent of 25 chicks) per order. You may mix ducks and geese in the same order. One goose equals two ducks. This is required because the ducks will not stay warm enough to arrive alive at your Post Office if there are too few ducks in the box. There are some hatcheries, etc. who are shipping as few as three ducks in a box. We do not know how they are doing this or if it works. The only option that we have to keep the ducks warm enough to ship is by the body heat of the ducks. Please do not ask us to ship less than this minimum requirement.

Duck Assortments

Assorted Ducklings:  This can be any from the entire list. We will include several types. It will not be only one kind. Ducklings $4.00 each (30)

Assorted Fancy Ducklings:  An assortment of rare colors and types. Ducklings $5.00 each (15)


Egg-type Ducks

Assorted Egg-Type Ducklings:  Assortment will be made up from Khaki Campbell, Golden Cascade and Welsh Harlequin but may also include Dark Campbell or White Campbell if available. Ducklings $4.50 each (30)

Dark Campbell:  Drakes have green heads with brownish grey bodies. Hens are dark cocoa brown with thin khaki penciling and are excellent layers starting at an early age. Ducklings $7.00 each (10)

Golden Cascade:  Drakes have greenish-bronze heads with white neck collars, red chestnut breasts, creamy-buff undersides. Hens are a buff color. Live weight is between 6 and 7 pounds. These were introduced in 1984 by Holderread's Waterfowl. They are top notch layers and are deserving of greater world numbers. Over the past several years they have laid almost 100% from early January through August, have taken a couple of weeks off, and then returned to heavy production through the end of the season. Young that are hatched in April will frequently start to lay by Fall. Ducklings $7.00 each (10) (SOLD OUT THROUGH 6/17/14)

Khaki Campbell:  Small size, efficient on feed for the eggs produced. Drakes resemble a mallard drake only dark brown. Hens are a seal brown color. Ducklings $5.00 each (25)

Welsh Harlequin:  Males have a greenish head, reddish breast, soft-buffy fawn with eyes of darker color on the feathers. Hens lack the green head and red breast. Good layers of white eggs and average 3 to 3.5 pound dressed weight. These were developed in 1949 in Wales from a Khaki Campbell color mutation. They are slightly larger than Khaki Campbells. They do have two color phases (gold and silver). Both are kept together. The chief difference in the colors is in the hens where the gold phase is light brown in color and the silver is a light silver-gray. The carcass of butchered specimens is excellent for lower fat and high flavor. Ducklings $6.00 each (25)

White Campbell:  Pure white version of the Khaki. Good layers. Bills can be either pink or yellow in color. Once into heavy production, darkening of the bills can occur. Ducklings $7.00 each (5)

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Runners

Assorted Runner Ducklings:  This assortment can be from any of the Runner-type ducks we offer. Ducklings $6.00 each (15) (SOLD OUT THROUGH 6/3/14)

Black Runner:  Pure black, erect standing. Ducklings $8.00 each (6)

Blue Pearl Runner:  Drakes have a blue-grey head and neck with a white neck ring, reddish brown chest. Underbody is a bluish-grey. Hens are mallard color except diluted to bluish-brown. Some off-type ducklings can be expected. (AVAILABLE ONLY IN ASSORTMENTS ONLY.)

Blue Runner:  Deep blue, good runner type. (AVAILABLE ONLY IN ASSORTMENTS ONLY.)

Buff Runner:  Same color as a Buff duck. A rich fawn-buff throughout. This is a tough color pattern. Heads of drakes can be bluish-grey or seal brown, but select for fawn-buff. Ducklings $7.00 each (6)

Fawn and White Runner:  Fawn cap and cheek patches, patches of white alternating with patches of fawn and a distinct white belly. Ducklings $5.00 each (15)

Grey Runner (Mallard Runner):  Typical mallard duck color pattern with a runner body. Males have an emerald green head, white neck ring that does not close at the reddish brown breast and a steel grey underbody. Ducklings $8.00 each (6) (SOLD OUT THROUGH 5/20/14)

Khaki Runner:  Good type, khaki color pattern. Ducklings $7.00 each (6)

Penciled Runner:  Similar to Fawn and White except males have a darker, dull, bronze-green head. Females have penciling in the non-white areas. Ducklings $8.00 each (6)

White Runner:  Pure white in color, orange bill and feet. Ducklings $7.00 each (6)

Dutch Hookbill:  Small, active ducks with a distinctly different hook-shaped bill. There are three color phases: dusky, white and grey. They lay incredibly well, but don't seem to hatch well. We keep the dusky phase. (AVAILABLE IN THE FANCY ASSORTMENT ONLY.)

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Meat-type Ducks

Assorted Meat-type Ducklings:  Please understand that this grouping was established by us. Each of these breeds can have multiple purposes, but we have classified them here. Many object to Black Cayugas being in this class, but they dress fine for us to a nice 4 to 4.5 pound carcass. Ducklings $4.50 each (30)

Ancona:  A very colorful, spotted or pied colored duck. This is the breed for the individual that wants just one breed but cannot decide upon a color. They are good layers and a good meat bird. They range in color from blue or black to a pied and chocolate color. Sold as mixed colors only. The ducklings are darling with their unique color patterns. Ducklings $7.00 each (10) (SOLD OUT THROUGH 6/24/14)

Apricot Crested:  Marked similar to a Saxony with a nice crest. (AVAILABLE IN THE FANCY ASSORTMENT ONLY.)

Black Cayuga:  Pure black with a greenish purple cast in the sunlight. First eggs of the season are a purple black in color. They are good layers and excellent for meat. Ducklings $6.00 each (15)

Black Magpie:  Same color pattern as the Blue Magpie only in black. Ducklings $7.00 each (5) (SOLD OUT FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE 2014 SEASON.)

Blue Cayuga:  Large size, deep blue color, truly striking in appearance. Remember with all blue fowl, some non-blue offspring occur. The 25% that are a silver color from this mating are also rather attractive in appearance. Select away from the ones which occasionally show white in the body. Ducklings $7.00 each (10)

Blue Magpie:  Uniquely marked plumage with mainly blue backs and, in ideal specimens, a blue cap. 5 to 6 pounds (live weight), white egg layers. (AVAILABLE IN ASSORTMENTS ONLY.)

Blue Swedish:  A good egg laying and dual purpose breed with blue feathers and a white bib. Remember that you can get a Splash called Silver and a Black from a Blue to Blue mating. Ducklings $6.00 each (10)

Buff:  Soft buff color, gentle, a good source of pets for children, also for eggs and meat. They are an easy breed to dress and are nice and plump. Ducklings $6.00 each (15)

Chocolate Cayuga:  After years of selection and breeding we have produced a chocolate colored, full sized duck. Mild mannered and Cayuga in type and size. Still have a few quirks, but, hopefully, they will be fully available in 2015. This year any extras will occur in the Fancy Duckling Assortment only.

Pekin:  Large, white feathered with bright orange bills. We select for large size and rapid growth. Ducklings $5.00 each (20)

Rouen:  Large, exhibition type, not the common, commercial strain. Ducklings $10.00 each (10)

Saxony:  German breed, 4 to 6 lbs (dressed weight). Drakes are a buffy color with a blue grey head, back and wings and a chestnut burgundy breast. Hens are buff colored with white facial stripes. Ducklings $7.00 each (10)

Silver Appleyard:  Drakes are like a Welsh Harlequin in color, but much larger in size. Hens are a mottled tannish color. First imported from Britain to the U.S. in 1982. A great deal of variability exists in the coloring of the females. Ducklings $7.00 each (10) (SOLD OUT THROUGH 6/24/14)

White Crested:  Pure white, orange bills and feet, large white crests. Very ornamental. Ducklings $8.00 each (6)

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