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These beautiful ducks have become quite the popular show birds over the last few decades. They are a great addition to any backyard duck flock with their great egg laying, foraging abilities. Appleyard ducks have a calm, even friendly temperament making them a great pet.
As long as they have the normal feed, clean water to drink and another source to splash in they are fairly low maintenance. An excellent choice for a family and or first-time duck owner flock!
A dual-purpose breed which is known for its lean good meat quality and nutritious eggs!
|Country of Origin:||England|
|American Poultry Association:||Recognized by the American Poultry Association|
|Duck Category:||Heavy Breed|
|Colors:||Silver, Date of acceptance: 2000|
|Good starter duck?||Yes|
|Other names known by:||Silver Appleyard|
|Bantam Variety Available?||Yes|
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|Good starter duck?:||Yes|
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APPEARANCE / IDENTIFICATION
|Not wedged shape. Gently curved to the brow. * Black bean|
|EAR LOBES⇒||Normal Same for M & f||Same as Feathers|
|Small, feather-covered holes behind the eyes|
|LEGS⇒||Well Apart Same for M & f||Yellow/Orange|
|Slightly back on the body|
|FEET⇒||Medium Sized Same for M & F||Yellow/Orange|
|WINGS⇒||Normal||Differ on M & F|
|Do not fly due to their weight. Do flap a lot|
|FEATHERS⇒||Differ on M & F|
|Good down feathers|
|*Bean: This is also called the nail. It is a small round bump found at the end of the duck’s bill. It is used for defence and to catch insects. It is almost like a fingernail and is damaged can grow back. It can also get overgrown much like fingernails if they do not have something to grind it down on.|
|** Note: This is an average weight for the male duck and not a guaranteed weight|
Dual Purpose + Breeding. White Plumage with different shades of grey and brown markings.
The hen has wings with white markings that have a “blue cross-stripe”. Her head is white with the same color marking as on her body.
Breeding, Show, Pets and Meat. Males have a deep green head and neck feathers with the breast, flank, sides and shoulders a chestnut red with white feathers underneath the body.
|“They are calm even-tempered birds. They like to keep close to home. Are ideal for a backyard flock and first-time duck keepers.”|
|Good with Kids?||Yes. But as with any animal young kids should be supervised around them.|
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|Flyers?||No, they are too heavy to fly. They do like to flap a lot though!|
|Noisy Birds?||Yes, the females can be quite quacky! They like to chat, but the males are quieter.|
|Interact with other ducks?||Yes, they like to socialize, and most ducks just calmly get along with each other.
Some younger drakes can try to challenge the older one to mates though. You will have to watch this at mating season. The hens can be a bit bossy especially the older ones in the flock.
|Best duck breeds to mix them with:||The breeds have no problem mixing. As long as they are with other domestic breeds. I would not try to mix any wild waterfowl breeds with domestic ones.|
|Other animals?||They will eventually get used to other animals. It is best to keep an eye on cats and dogs though they may try and attack your ducks.|
|“They are hardy birds that will easily adapt to most environments as long as they have a decent sized pond to splash in and a good sturdy warm house to sleep in at night.”|
|Ideal Garden Size?||They adapt well to any garden size|
|Can be Confined?||They can be confined but it is never an ideal situation for a duck. They need grass to move around on and fresh water to splash in.|
|Free-Range||They do enjoy free-ranging as long as it is not too far from their home|
|Penned Free-Ranging?||They will do well in a penned area for free-ranging if garden size permits/td>|
|Foragers||They are excellent foragers and will supplement their feed with juicy pests they find around the garden.|
|Endures heat well||They do need shady spots and lots of cool water to splash in and drink|
|Endures cold well||They are cold hardy but will still need some shelter to keep them cozy when required|
|Special Requirements?||A low maintenance duck breed|
|Ideal Duck House:||Depending on the size of the flock a normal duck house with bedding and security from predators.|
|Ideal Duck Pond:||A medium-sized plastic kiddies pool that is not too deep.|
|Flock/Paddling Size:||2 ducks or more. Ducks are sociable and do not like being alone.|
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GOOD TO KNOW
|“They are low maintenance and friendly. The love to play and are quite inquisitive.”|
|Special Care/Attention Requirements?||Keep an eye on their feet as the heavier breeds can get foot diseases|
|Known Predators:||Check with animal control in your area for known predators|
|Conservations Status:||Threatened For more information on poultry, conservation status, check the American Livestock Conservancy Website|
|Breeders Clubs:||It is best to check with the American Poultry Association for various clubs and or organizations.|
|Where to buy them:||Purely Poultry, Metzer Farms, Cackle Hatchery and Omlet US|
|Other:||If you do not want to risk having your ducks shipped check with your local poultry farms for advice on your nearest supplier.|
Reginald Appleyard set out to create a dual-purpose breed of duck that was also a top class show bird. He developed the breed to be hardy, sturdy, lay lots of eggs and have an excellent full-flavored quality of meat. that would have a high quality of lean full-flavored meat.
The Appleyard duck, named after him, was a breed that he believed to be the ultimate duck.
They were developed on Reginald Appleyard’s farm, The Priory Waterfowl Farm in the 1940’s and were accepted into the American Standard of Perfection by the American Poultry Association in 2000. There is only one variety of the Appleyard duck and that is the Silver variety.
The Miniature Appleyard Duck was developed by Tom Bartlett, a waterfowl breeder, in 1980. The Miniature Appleyard Duck is stunningly beautiful and kept purely for ornamental reasons. It has a lot of the characteristics of the original full-sized waterfowl variety. Only the miniature variety weighs nearly one-third of its larger counterparts’ weight.
Prone to Bumblefoot or Staph infections
- Ducks need water to ensure they do not get “wet feather” disease. This is where the preening gland dries out. Water also stops them from getting pests such as mites, fleas, ticks, lice, etc.
- Well, fed ducks should hardly have any health issues.
- Any birds kept in a flock need to be dewormed. Although ducks are not as prone as other poultry they should still have a de-worming regime. Speak to a local vet or poultry experts for advice. Our article on Healthy Ducks has some great tips and advice on de-worming ducks.