Types Of Ducks
Different Types of
Ducks - What You Need To Know Before You Start To Raising Ducks
ducks does not need to be hard if you know your reason. Ducks are
mostly aquatic birds, mostly smaller than the swans and geese, and
may be found in both fresh water and sea water. Some people use
"duck" specifically for adult females and "drake" for adult males,
others use "hen" and "drake", respectively. Somehow, they are
sometimes confused with several types of unrelated water birds with
similar forms, such as loons or divers, grebes, gallinules, and
coots. Ducks are generally raised for eggs but when snail food gets
scarce, they are sold for meat.
Before you start raising ducks, here are the different types for you
Egg - Type Ducks
1) Khaki Cambell Duck
Khaki Campbell ducks have characteristics brown color, have
extremely active habits, do well in good range and show little
desire for swimming. These ducks are good layers, they lay as many
as 300 or more eggs a year which are fairly large, thick-shelled and
weigh 70 to 75 grams each. The body weight at point of lay is about
1.50kg. On the average, this duck could lay 285 eggs up to 72 weeks
ofage, with a mean egg weight of 75kg. This duck can be
distinguished by their pure white feathers. Their eggs are either
white or greenish.
2) Indian Runner
The Indian Runner Duck is a breed of domestic duck. They are native
to the Indian-sub-continent and Malaysia. The breed, it is thought,
was first brought to Europe via Whitehaven, Cumbria in the United
Kingdom, by a sea captain prior to 1835, as they were exhibited at
the London Zoological Gardens by this date.
This duck assumes a very erect normal posture with are almost
straight neck. The back is long, straight and narrow. An adult
weighs about 2.10kg, while an adult weighs about 1.80kg. The egg
production characteristics of this breed resemble that of the Khaki
This breed was developed in Taiwan. The original color ranges from
black neck to pure white. Due to farmers preference, the brown breed
was selected and raised as a major variety, while the white variety
was developed for the production of mule ducks. Tsaiya ducks has
small body size. An adult female weighs about 1.30kg, while the male
weighs about 1.40kg.
Meat - Type Ducks
1) Muscovy Duck
The Muscovy Duck is a large duck which is native to Mexico and
Central and South America. Muscovy is a heavy breed. It has plump
body and yellow skin. It has three varieties: the white, the colored
and the blue. Unlike other breeds, Muscovy ducks prefer to stay on
All Muscovy Ducks have long claws on their feet and a wide flat
tail. The drake (male) is about 86 cm long and weighs 4.6-6.8 kg,
while the hen (female) is much smaller, at 64 cm in length and
2.7-3.6 kg in weight; domesticated males often weigh up to 8 kg, and
domesticated females up to 5 kg.
2) Pekin Duck
Pekin duck was bred from the Mallard in China. The ancestors of
those ducks originated from the canals which linked waterways in
Nanjing, not Beijing, and originally had small bodies and black
feathers. Sometimes it is mistaken for a goose because it carries
its body rather upright. Pekin ducks are good layers, and duckling
are ready for market at 2 or 3 months old.
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