14 Dapper Duck Breeds

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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.

Ancona

Eggs Per Year: 210 to 280

Live Weight in Pounds Male: 6 Female: 6.5

Excellent at foraging and a calm temperament

Aylesbury

Eggs Per Year 35 to 125

Live Weight in Pounds Male: 10 Female: 9

Good at foraging and calm temperament.


Buff

Eggs Per Year 150 to 220

Live Weight in Pounds Male: 8 Female: 7

Good at foraging and calm temperament.

Campbell

Eggs Per Year 250 to 340

Live Weight in Pounds Male: 4.5 Female: 4

Excellent at foraging and excitable temperament.


Cayuga

Eggs Per Year 100 to 150

Live Weight in Pounds Male: 8 Female: 7

Excellent foraging and docile temperament.


Magpie

Eggs Per Year 220 to 290

Live Weight in Pounds Male: 6 Female: 5.5

Excellent foraging and excitable temperament.


Muscovy

Eggs Per Year 50 to 125

Live Weight in Pounds Male: 12 Female: 7

The male temperament is aggressive but the females are docile both are excellent at foraging.

Pekin

Eggs Per Year 100 to 180

Live Weight in Pounds Male: 10 Female: 8

Fair foraging and docile temperament


Rouen

Eggs Per Year 125 to 160

Live Weight in Pounds Male: 8 Female: 7

Good foraging and docile temperaments.

Runner

Eggs Per Year 150 to 300

Live Weight in Pounds Male: 8 Female: 7

Good foraging and docile temperament.

Saxony

Eggs Per Year 190 to 240

Live Weight in Pounds Male: 9 Female: 8

Good foraging and docile temperament.

Silver Appleyard

Eggs Per Year 200 to 265

Live Weight in Pounds Male: 8 Female: 6

Good foraging and calm temperament.

Swedish

Eggs Per Year 100 to 150

Live Weight in Pounds Male: 8 Female: 7

Good foraging and docile temperament.

Welsh Harlequin

Eggs Per Year 250 to 330

Live Weight in Pounds Male: 6 Female: 5

Good foraging and docile temperament.


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.

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