The Khaki Campbell Breed: An Ideal Duck for Small Farms


Several Khaki Campbell Breed Ducks With Child Pool

The Khaki Campbell is a great general-purpose duck for small farms as only a few of them are needed for a constant supply of eggs and meat to the table. They are excellent layers, providing an average of 300 eggs a year, more than the average chicken, and having reliably great-tasting meat.

This breed is known for being a good forager, which makes its eggs very nutritious and tasty. Despite their wild ancestry, Khaki Campbells are quite tame and can be let out of their pen to forage on slugs, worms, ticks, and snails in the garden or pond. Khaki Campbells are an attractive breed, resembling one of its close ancestors the wild mallard. They are an easy duck to raise and have a tame and pleasant character. And, unlike chickens that lay eggs at any time of the day or night, ducks lay eggs at the morning time (my experience is usually around 9:00 in the morning). The reliability makes collecting eggs easier.

Like all ducks, Khaki Campbells love and need to have access to water, so it is best to build a small pond. A little plastic baby pool or a used bathtub also works well to make a swimming place for them. They are energetic ducks and need plenty of space to move around and to forage.

History of the Khaki Campbell

The Khaki Campbell was bred in England in the 1800s by Mrs. Adele Campbell, who wanted an attractive duck breed to supply both eggs and meat for her small farm. They were bred by crossing an Indian Runner that was an exceptional layer with a Rouen of good size. The resulting duck was then bred with a wild Mallard to develop hardiness and a good foraging and brooding instinct for her breed.

The resulting breed was presented to the public in 1898 and proved to be an excellent duck for both eggs and meat. And probably the best duck for small farms.

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