14 Dapper Duck Breeds

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<h1 style=”text-align:center;”>14 Dapper Duck Breeds</h1>
<h2 style=”text-align:center;”>Use this chart to select the perfect duck breeds for your home&rsquo;s needs.</h2>
<p>February/March 2014<br />
<em>By Gail Damerow</em>
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<p>Ducks offer fresh eggs, lean meat, pest and weed control, and are just fun to watch palling around. Learn more in <a href=”https://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/raising-ducks-geese/ducks-and-geese-zm0z14fmzchr” target=”_self”>Raising Ducks and Geese: A Homesteader&rsquo;s Guide to Waterfowl</a>. </p>
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<span style=”color: #ffffff;”>Breed</span>
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<strong>Breed Information</strong>
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<span style=”font-size: 18px;”>Ancona</span>
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<strong>
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Eggs&nbsp;</strong>
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Per Year<br />
210&nbsp;to 280<br />
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<strong>Live Weight</strong>
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in Pounds<br />
Male: 6<br />
Female: 6.5</td>
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Foraging</strong>
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excellent<br />
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<strong>
<br />
Temperament</strong>
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calm</td>
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<strong>
<span style=”font-size: 18px;”>Aylesbury</span>
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<strong>

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<span style=”text-align: center;”>
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<strong>Eggs</strong>
<br />
</span>Per Year<br style=”text-align: center;”>
35 to 125<br style=”text-align: center;”>
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<strong style=”text-align: center;”>Live Weight</strong>
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in Pounds<br style=”text-align: center;”>
Male: 10<br style=”text-align: center;”>
Female: 9</td>
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<strong style=”text-align: center;”>
<br />
Foraging</strong>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
good<br style=”text-align: center;”>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
<strong style=”text-align: center;”>
<br />
Temperament</strong>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
calm</td>
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<strong>
<span style=”font-size: 18px;”>Buff</span>
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<strong>
<br />
Eggs<br />
</strong>Per Year<br />
150 to 220<br />
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<strong style=”text-align: center;”>Live Weight</strong>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
in Pounds<br />
Male: 8<br />
Female: 7</td>
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<strong style=”text-align: center;”>
<br />
Foraging</strong>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
good<br style=”text-align: center;”>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
<strong style=”text-align: center;”>
<br />
Temperament</strong>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
calm<br />
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<strong>
<span style=”font-size: 18px;”>Campbell</span>
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<strong style=”text-align: center;”>Eggs<br />
</strong>Per Year<br />
250 to 340<br />
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<strong style=”text-align: center;”>Live Weight</strong>
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in Pounds<br />
Male: 4.5<br />
Female: 4</td>
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<strong style=”text-align: center;”>Foraging</strong>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
excellent<br style=”text-align: center;”>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
<strong style=”text-align: center;”>
<br />
Temperament</strong>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
excitable</td>
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<span style=”font-size: 18px;”>Cayuga</span>
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<strong style=”text-align: center;”>Eggs<br />
</strong>Per Year<br />
100 to 150<br />
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<strong style=”text-align: center;”>Live Weight</strong>
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in Pounds<br />
Male: 8<br />
Female: 7</td>
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<strong style=”text-align: center;”>Foraging</strong>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
excellent<br style=”text-align: center;”>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
<strong style=”text-align: center;”>
<br />
Temperament</strong>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
docile<br />
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<strong>
<span style=”font-size: 18px;”>Magpie</span>
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</strong>
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<strong style=”text-align: center;”>Eggs<br />
</strong>Per Year<br />
220 to 290<br />
<br />
<strong style=”text-align: center;”>Live Weight</strong>
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in Pounds<br />
Male: 6<br />
Female: 5.5</td>
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<br />
<strong style=”text-align: center;”>Foraging</strong>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
excellent<br style=”text-align: center;”>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
<strong style=”text-align: center;”>
<br />
Temperament</strong>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
excitable<br />
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<strong>
<span style=”font-size: 18px;”>Muscovy</span>
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<strong style=”text-align: center;”>
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Eggs<br />
</strong>Per Year<br />
50 to 125<br />
<br />
<strong style=”text-align: center;”>Live Weight</strong>
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in Pounds<br />
Male: 12<br />
Female: 7</td>
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<strong style=”text-align: center;”>
<br />
Foraging</strong>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
excellent<br style=”text-align: center;”>
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<strong style=”text-align: center;”>
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Temperament</strong>
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Male: aggressive<br />
Female: docile</td>
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<span style=”font-size: 18px;”>Pekin</span>
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<br />
Eggs<br />
</strong>Per Year<br />
100 to 180<br />
<strong style=”text-align: center;”>
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Live Weight</strong>
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in Pounds<br />
Male: 10<br />
Female: 8<br />
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<strong style=”text-align: center;”>Foraging</strong>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
fair<br style=”text-align: center;”>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
<strong style=”text-align: center;”>
<br />
Temperament<br />
</strong>docile</td>
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<span style=”font-size: 18px;”>Rouen</span>
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<br />
</strong>
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<strong style=”text-align: center;”>Eggs<br />
</strong>Per Year<br />
125 to 160<br />
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<strong style=”text-align: center;”>Live Weight</strong>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
in Pounds<br />
Male: 8<br />
Female: 7</td>
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<br />
<strong style=”text-align: center;”>Foraging</strong>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
good<br style=”text-align: center;”>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
<strong style=”text-align: center;”>
<br />
Temperament<br />
</strong>docile<br />
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<strong>
<span style=”font-size: 18px;”>Runner</span>
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<br />
</strong>
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<strong style=”text-align: center;”>Eggs<br />
</strong>Per Year<br />
150 to 300<br />
<br />
<strong style=”text-align: center;”>Live Weight</strong>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
in Pounds<br />
Male: 8<br />
Female: 7</td>
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<br />
<strong style=”text-align: center;”>Foraging</strong>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
good<br style=”text-align: center;”>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
<strong style=”text-align: center;”>
<br />
Temperament<br />
</strong>docile<br />
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<strong>
<span style=”font-size: 18px;”>Saxony</span>
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<br />
</strong>
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<br />
<strong style=”text-align: center;”>Eggs<br />
</strong>Per Year<br />
190 to 240<br />
<br />
<strong style=”text-align: center;”>Live Weight</strong>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
in Pounds<br style=”text-align: center;”>
Male: 9<br />
Female: 8</td>
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<br />
<strong style=”text-align: center;”>Foraging</strong>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
good<br style=”text-align: center;”>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
<strong style=”text-align: center;”>
<br />
Temperament<br />
</strong>docile<br />
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<strong>
<span style=”font-size: 18px;”>Silver Appleyard</span>
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<br />
</strong>
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<strong style=”text-align: center;”>Eggs<br />
</strong>Per Year<br />
200 to 265<br />
<br />
<strong style=”text-align: center;”>Live Weight</strong>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
in Pounds<br style=”text-align: center;”>
Male: 8<br />
Female: 6</td>
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<strong style=”text-align: center;”>Foraging</strong>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
good<br style=”text-align: center;”>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
<strong style=”text-align: center;”>
<br />
Temperament<br />
</strong>calm<br />
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<strong>
<span style=”font-size: 18px;”>Swedish</span>
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<br />
</strong>
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<br />
<strong style=”text-align: center;”>Eggs<br />
</strong>Per Year<br />
100 to 150<br />
<br />
<strong style=”text-align: center;”>Live Weight</strong>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
in Pounds<br style=”text-align: center;”>
Male: 8<br style=”text-align: center;”>
Female: 7<br />
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<strong style=”text-align: center;”>Foraging</strong>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
good<br style=”text-align: center;”>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
<strong style=”text-align: center;”>
<br />
Temperament<br />
</strong>docile</td>
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<strong>
<span style=”font-size: 18px;”>Welsh Harlequin</span>
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</strong>
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<strong style=”text-align: center;”>
<br />
Eggs<br />
</strong>Per Year<br style=”text-align: center;”>
250 to 330<br style=”text-align: center;”>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
<strong style=”text-align: center;”>Live Weight</strong>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
in Pounds<br style=”text-align: center;”>
Male: 6<br style=”text-align: center;”>
Female: 5<br />
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<strong style=”text-align: center;”>Foraging</strong>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
good<br style=”text-align: center;”>
<br style=”text-align: center;”>
<strong style=”text-align: center;”>
<br />
Temperament<br />
</strong>docile<br />
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<em>Photos by Dave Holderread and the Livestock Conservancy</em>
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<em>The Holderread Waterfowl Farm &amp; 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 </em>
<a href=”http://www.holderreadfarm.com/” target=”_blank”>Holderread Farm</a>
<em>.</em>
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<em>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 </em>
<a href=”http://www.livestockconservancy.org/” target=”_blank”>Livestock Conservancy</a>
<em>.</em>
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<em>In addition to running a family farm, Gail Damerow is the author of several books, including </em>Hatching &amp; Brooding Your Own Chicks: Chickens, Turkeys, Ducks, Geese, Guinea Fowl<em>, available at the </em>MOTHER EARTH NEWS <a href=”https://www.motherearthnews.com/shopping/detail?itemnumber=6584″ target=”_blank”>store</a>
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