We will offer a nice selection of female ducklings from March through the end of June. The birds we sell come from a NPIP certified hatchery and have been sexed by professionals. Duck hens will lay well without a drake. When you buy ducklings straight run and end up with 2 or more drakes it can be very unpleasant to watch them breed the duck hens competitively every day. Duck hens equal lots of eggs and duck eggs sell for $8 a dozen at many farmers markets and grocery stores like Whole Foods.
Blue and Black Swedish
Swedish ducks come in black or blue colors. They are easily identified by their elegant white bib. They are a medium sized duck that are calm and good foragers. When the sun hits the feathers of a Black Swedish they turn to an iridescent green color. The blue is a beautiful color too. Swedish duck hens produce between 130 and 180 eggs per year.
The Buff or Buff Orpington duck was developed by the William Cook family who lived in the Orpington area of Kent, England in the early 1900s. It was developed as a multipurpose bird, with the ability to lay good quantities of eggs. These very calm, honey colored ducks are relatively rare and most often seen in the show ring. They lay 130 to 180 eggs each year.
The Cayuga is a medium sized duck that weighs an average of 7 to 8 pounds. Their color is listed as black. However, their feather color turns to iridescent jewel tones of emerald and amethyst when the sun hits them. We like to call this color emerald black. As the duck ages their feathers will become mottled with white until years later it turns almost all white.
Cayuga ducks are excellent foragers and acceptable layers. They will produce between 100 and 150 eggs a year. No boring white eggs from this breed. They lay unusual colored eggs. When they first start to lay the egg shells are almost black in color. As the season goes on their eggs get lighter in color until they are a lovely greenish color.
Indian Runner Ducks
Indian Runners do not waddle when they move like other breeds. They “run” from point A to B. This allows them to move much more efficiently than other duck breeds. They are a tall, thin duck with an upright carriage which adds to their ease of movement. They are a top pick for bug control simply because they can cover more ground each day. Because Indian Runners are quick moving, more timid and excitable they are not the best breed choice for ducks that are going to be handled a lot.
75% of Chocolate Indian Runners lay lovely blue egg which makes this breed the “Easter Egger” of the duck world. Indian Runners are excellent layers and produce 180 to 220 eggs each year. Because they are a thinner and lighter duck they will eat less each day which makes them a very cost efficient egg producer.
The Magpie is an attractive duck with its splashes of black on white. They are a hardy variety and are active foragers. It is considered a lightweight breed, the hens average between 5 and 6 lbs. Because of their smaller size and gentle nature they are a great choice for children who want to handle their ducks.
One of the things we love about the Magpies is that each one has different marking which makes it easy to tell Mary from Martha. Magpie ducks are highly productive layers of large eggs averaging between 220 to 290 eggs annually. Their eggs are usually white but occasionally they will lay blue or green eggs.
Pekin ducks are the gentle giants of the duck laying world. They are plain vanilla in color and that is the only thing plain about them. They are wonderful foragers and have kept our yard bug free for over 5 years. They are excellent layers, between 140 and 220 eggs per year and their eggs are so big you would be able to close an egg carton when you put them in. They will lay in any weather no matter how wet or cold. We have collected many freshly laid, frozen eggs on 10 degree mornings from our Pekin hens.
Fun Pekin Trivia:
• It is widely believed that Donald Duck is modeled after a Pekin duck.
• The mascot of the insurance company Aflac is a Pekin duck.