Sexing khaki campbell ducks
Several years ago, we raised some Ancona crosses, and discovered that these birds continued to lay eggs through the cold weather even when our other birds had stopped. The black variety should be inky or iridescent black.We've introduced some Khaki Campbell, Silver Appleyard, and Saxony ducks into this strain, and are keeping the best of their offspring - all of which retain the “pinto” markings, upright carriage, and other desireable characteristics of their Ancona beginnings. Appearance: Currently, the size varies quite dramatically from about 5-10 pounds with the larger sizes preferred. Iridescence does not necessarily indicate it's a male.Ducklings are yellow with the markings and colours they will carry as adults already visible in their down. Both seem to originate from the Asiatic Swan goose, rather than the European Greylag, which is the ancestor of most other domestic geese.In Africans, both sexes should give the appearance of being massive and imposing.Drakes have greenish-black heads and rumps and a distinct white neck ring.
They have a calm disposition ad are active foragers. Appearance: Silver Appleyards are often described as looking like glorified, or frosted mallards.As with any other animal expected to produce, these ducks require good quality feed (unmedicated), but if given the opportunity they will forage for weeds and insects to supplement their diet.For continued top egg production they only need modest housing, such as a draft free shed with clean bedding.Always be sure that you acquire purebred Campbells specifically selected for top egg production, because indiscriminate or inattentive breeding can cause production to deteriorate.Keep in mind that vigour and productivity should always take priority over colour. Back to Top A relative newcomer to the duck clan, this big, colourful duck was developed in England and is still relatively uncommon in North America, although it has gained considerably in popularity in the last dozen years.
They often have a dark grey 'stripe' down their backs that looks like their hair's been dyed but dark roots are coming back in.