The Khaki Campbell is one of the more famous and popular duck breeds due to its excellent egg production.
It was introduced in 1901 by Mrs. Adele Campbell of Gloucestershire, England. She experimented with Runners crossed with Rouen and Mallards but never revealed
the exact genetic makeup of her Campbells. The advantage over the pure Runner was a more useful carcass for meat and improved egg production.
Though they have been turned into an exhibition type breed, she was adamant that her birds were designed for production, not the exhibition hall.
Initially they were a fairly mixed color breed but later an emphasis was placed on the current khaki color. It is interesting that at the same time the
khaki color was being bred into the Campbell, there was a patriotic fervor for the British troops fighting the Boer War who also wore the khaki color.
Once the "Khaki" was attached to "Campbell", the breed gained even more popularity. The Khaki Campbell gained even more renown due to the egg laying contests
where it averaged up to 39 more eggs laid than the second best breed. One Khaki Campbell laid 346 eggs in 365 days while another laid one egg a day for 225