14 Dapper Duck Breeds

Use this chart to select the perfect duck breeds for your home’s needs.

February/March 2014

By Gail Damerow

Duck

Ducks offer fresh eggs, lean meat, pest and weed control, and are just fun to watch palling around. Learn more in Raising Ducks and Geese: A Homesteader’s Guide to Waterfowl.

Breed

Breed Information

Ancona
A Brace of Anconas


Eggs 

Per Year
210 to 280

Live Weight
in Pounds
Male: 6
Female: 6.5

Foraging

excellent


Temperament

calm
Aylesbury
A Lone Aylesbury Duck

Eggs
Per Year
35 to 125

Live Weight
in Pounds
Male: 10
Female: 9

Foraging

good


Temperament

calm
Buff
Buff Duck Breed

Eggs
Per Year
150 to 220

Live Weight
in Pounds
Male: 8
Female: 7

Foraging

good


Temperament

calm
Campbell
Campbell Duck

Eggs
Per Year
250 to 340

Live Weight
in Pounds
Male: 4.5
Female: 4

Foraging
excellent


Temperament

excitable
Cayuga
Cayuga Duck Breed Example

Eggs
Per Year
100 to 150

Live Weight
in Pounds
Male: 8
Female: 7

Foraging
excellent


Temperament

docile
Magpie
Magpie Duck

Eggs
Per Year
220 to 290

Live Weight
in Pounds
Male: 6
Female: 5.5

Foraging
excellent


Temperament

excitable
Muscovy
Muscovy Duck Breed Example

Eggs
Per Year
50 to 125

Live Weight
in Pounds
Male: 12
Female: 7

Foraging

excellent


Temperament

Male: aggressive
Female: docile
Pekin
Bunch of Pekin Ducks

Eggs
Per Year
100 to 180

Live Weight

in Pounds
Male: 10
Female: 8


Foraging
fair


Temperament
docile
Rouen
Rouen Duck Breed Example

Eggs
Per Year
125 to 160

Live Weight
in Pounds
Male: 8
Female: 7

Foraging
good


Temperament
docile
Runner
Runner Duck

Eggs
Per Year
150 to 300

Live Weight
in Pounds
Male: 8
Female: 7

Foraging
good


Temperament
docile
Saxony
Example of the Saxony Duck Breed

Eggs
Per Year
190 to 240

Live Weight
in Pounds
Male: 9
Female: 8

Foraging
good


Temperament
docile
Silver Appleyard
Bunch of Silver Appleyards

Eggs
Per Year
200 to 265

Live Weight
in Pounds
Male: 8
Female: 6

Foraging
good


Temperament
calm
Swedish
Swedish Duck Breed

Eggs
Per Year
100 to 150

Live Weight
in Pounds
Male: 8
Female: 7

Foraging
good


Temperament
docile
Welsh Harlequin
Two Welsh-Harlequin Ducks

Eggs
Per Year
250 to 330

Live Weight
in Pounds
Male: 6
Female: 5



Foraging
good


Temperament
docile

Photos by Dave Holderread and the Livestock Conservancy

The Holderread Waterfowl Farm & Preservation Center in Corvallis, Ore., has bred and conserved domestic waterfowl for over 50 years. Order top-notch day-olds and mature birds at the Holderread Farm.

Since 1977, the Livestock Conservancy has worked to protect endangered heritage livestock breeds, preserving genetic diversity and safeguarding food systems from monoculture while promoting beautiful, historic animal lines. Learn more at the Livestock Conservancy.


In addition to running a family farm, Gail Damerow is the author of several books, including Hatching & Brooding Your Own Chicks: Chickens, Turkeys, Ducks, Geese, Guinea Fowl, available at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store.

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