Raising Ducklings and Goslings


White Chinese Geese
Duck Breed Comparisons

BreedTemperamentWeight (1) Egg Prod. (2)MotheringBluish Eggs Egg Size (3)Fertility (4)
Black SwedishCalm5 - 6.25 # 130 - 180 /yr.Fair20 % 80 - 90 grams85 %
Black RunnerNervous3.25 - 4 # 100 - 180 /yr.Poor - Fair70 % 65 - 80 grams84 %
Blue RunnerNervous3.25 - 4 # 100 - 180 /yr.Poor - Fair70 % 65 - 80 grams84 %
Blue SwedishCalm5 - 6.25 # 120 - 180 /yr.FairLess Than 5 % 80 - 95 grams85 %
BuffCalm5 - 6.25 # 130 - 180 /yr.Fair20 % 80 - 90 grams85 %
CayugaCalm4.75 - 6 # 130 - 180 /yr.FairLess Than 2 % 75 - 90 grams83 %
Chocolate RunnerNervous3.25 - 4 # 100 - 180 /yr.Poor - Fair75 % 65 - 80 grams86 %
Fawn and White RunnerNervous3.25 - 4 # 100 - 180 /yr.Poor - Fair35 % 65 - 80 grams86 %
Jumbo PekinVery Calm9 - 13.5 # 140 - 175 /yr.PoorLess Than 2 % 90 - 100 grams85 %
Golden 300 Hybrid LayerAverage4.5 - 5.75 # 200 - 290 /yr.Fair5 % 75 - 90 grams93 %
Grimaud Hybrid PekinCalm8 - 12.25 # 150 - 200 /yr.PoorLess Than 2 % 90 - 100 grams89 %
Khaki CampbellNervous3.5 - 4.5 # 165 - 210 /yr.GoodLess Than 5 % 75 - 85 grams87 %
MallardCalm2.25 - 2.5 # 60 -120 /yr.Very Good70 % 65 - 75 grams90 %
PekinCalm7 - 13.5 # 140 - 220 /yr.PoorLess Than 2 % 90 - 100 grams89 %
RouenCalm5 - 7.25 # 140 - 180 /yr.Good35 % 80 - 95 grams87 %
Welsh HarlequinVery Calm4.5 - 5.5 # 150 - 200 /yr.GoodLess Than 2 % 75 -85 grams75 %
White CrestedNervous6 - 7.25 # 100 - 130 /yr.Poor - FairLess Than 2 % 80 - 90 grams83 %
White LayerAverage4.5 - 5.75 # 200 - 290 /yr.Fair1-2 % 75 - 90 grams93 %
(1) These are the weights of our breeders during lay. For maximum egg production, their weight has been controlled.
(2) The lower numbers are if no artificial lights are used, the upper numbers are if artificial lights are used to
     maintain 17 hours of light during lay.
(3) One ounce = 28.5 grams
(4) This is the average fertility we get from our breeders during an entire season of lay (35-45 weeks of lay).
(5) The Livestock Conservancy ranks most poultry breeds on how rare they are.
     For more information, go to www.livestockconservancy.org.
(6) Summary of comments from waterfowl judges that have visited our farm.

BreedAPA ClassForaging Ability Conservation
Status (5)
Our Show Quality (6)Flying Ability Origin
Black SwedishMediumGood WatchAverageNone Germany
Black RunnerLightVery Good RecoveringAverageNone Indonesia
Blue RunnerLightVery Good RecoveringAverageNone Indonesia
Blue SwedishMediumGood WatchAverageNone Germany
BuffMediumGood ThreatenedAverageNone England
CayugaMediumGood ThreatenedExcellent Color, Good TypeNone USA
Chocolate RunnerLightVery Good RecoveringAverageNone Indonesia
Fawn and White RunnerLightVery Good RecoveringAverageNone Indonesia
Jumbo PekinHeavyFair AbundantGood for Meat ClassesNone China
Golden 300 Hybrid LayerN/AGood No RankNot ShownNone Metzer Farms
Grimaud Hybrid PekinHeavyFair No RankMeat Class OnlyNone France
Khaki CampbellLightVery Good WatchFairly Good TypeMaybe England
MallardBantamVery Good AbundantToo "Chunky"Very Good Native to North America
PekinHeavyFair AbundantMeat Class OnlyNone China
RouenHeavyGood WatchNot For ExhibitionMaybe France
Welsh HarlequinLightGood CriticalAbove AverageNone Wales
White CrestedMediumFair No RankExcellent BreedersNone Holland
White LayerN/AGood No RankNot For ExhibitionNone Metzer Farms

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