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Compare Duck Breeds

Compare Duck Breeds
Use this table of duck breeds to compare all the different types of ducks for sale at Metzer Farms. This data comes from our experience on the farm, feedback from customers, and information gathered from researchers. With so many breeds offered at Metzer Farms, we want you to make the most informed choice. Depending if you want a duck specifically for egg or meat production, foraging, show, a pet, or one of the many other reasons people raise ducks, this will help you find the best duck breed for you.

Today most domesticated types of ducks originate from the wild Mallard and a few from the Muscovy. Ducks were domesticated in Asia, but now there are many different duck breeds developed for all different climates and applications.

Due to all our domesticated ducks originating from the mallard, any one of the breeds we sell can produce fertile progeny if they cross with any other breed. Ducks will fully integrate with all the other breeds we offer. Therefore, if you want purebred ducklings hatching from your ducks, you need to keep the breeds separate during the breeding season. Or you can let them cross and see what different shapes and colors you will get in their ducklings. What will you get if you cross a Mallard with a Fawn & White Runner, or a Cayuga and a Pekin, or a Khaki Campbell with a White Layer?
Breed Temperament 1 Weight 2 Egg Production 3 Mothering Bluish Eggs Egg Size 4 Fertility 5
Black Runner Ducks 3.5 3.25 - 4.00 lbs 100 - 180 /year Poor - Fair 70% 65 - 80 grams 84 %
Black Swedish Ducks 2.3 5.00 - 6.25 lbs 130 - 180 /year Fair 20% 80 - 90 grams 85 %
Blue Runner Ducks 4.0 3.25 - 4.00 lbs 100 - 180 /year Poor - Fair 70% 65 - 80 grams 84 %
Blue Swedish Ducks 3.0 5.00 - 6.25 lbs 120 - 180 /year Fair Less than 5% 80 - 95 grams 85 %
Buff Ducks 3.0 5.00 - 6.25 lbs 130 - 180 /year Fair 20% 80 - 90 grams 85 %
Cayuga Ducks 8.8 4.75 - 6.00 lbs 130 - 180 /year Fair Less Than 2% 75 - 90 grams 83 %
Chocolate Runner Ducks 4.3 3.25 - 4.00 lbs 100 - 180 /year Poor - Fair 75% 65 - 80 grams 86 %
Fawn and White Runner Ducks 7.5 3.25 - 4.00 lbs 100 - 180 /year Poor - Fair 35% 65 - 80 grams 85 %
Golden 300 Hybrid Layer Ducks 7.7 4.50 - 5.75 lbs 200 - 290 /year Fair 5% 75 - 90 grams 93 %
Grimaud Hybrid Duck 5.5 8.00 - 12.25 lbs 150 - 200 /year Poor Less Than 2% 90 - 100 grams 89 %
Jumbo Pekin Ducks 5.5 9.00 - 13.50 lbs 140 - 175 /year Poor Less Than 2% 90 - 100 grams 85 %
Khaki Campbell Ducks 9.0 3.50 - 4.50 lbs 165 - 240 /year Good Less than 5% 75 - 85 grams 87 %
Mallard Ducks 5.0 2.25 - 2.50 lbs 60 - 120 /year Very Good 70% 65 - 75 grams 90 %
Muscovy Ducks 1.0 6.50 - 15.00 lbs 100 - 150 /year Excellent 0% 75 - 85 grams 90 %
Pekin Duck 5.5 8.00 - 12.25 lbs 150 - 200 /year Poor Less Than 2% 90 - 100 grams 89 %
Rouen Ducks 4.5 5.00 - 7.25 lbs 140 - 180 /year Good 35% 80 - 95 grams 87 %
Saxony Ducks 1.0 6.50 - 8.50 lbs 110 - 175 /year Average Less than 5% 80 - 90 grams 85 %
Silver Appleyard Ducks 1.2 7.00 - 9.00 lbs 120 - 175 /year Very Good Less Than 2% 85 - 95 grams 85 %
Welsh Harlequin Ducks 1.3 4.50 - 5.50 lbs 100 - 150 /year Good Less Than 2% 75 - 85 grams 75 %
White Crested Ducks 9.0 6.00 - 7.25 lbs 100 - 130 /year Poor - Fair Less Than 2% 80 - 90 grams 83 %
White Layer Ducks 6.7 4.50 - 5.75 lbs 200 - 290 /year Fair Less Than 2% 75 - 90 grams 93 %
Breed APA Class Foraging Ability Conservation Status 6 Our Show Quality 7 Flying Ability Origin
Black Runner Ducks Light Very Good Recovering Average None Indonesia
Black Swedish Ducks Medium Good Watch Average None Germany
Blue Runner Ducks Light Very Good Recovering Average None Indonesia
Blue Swedish Ducks Medium Good Watch Average None Germany
Buff Ducks Medium Good Threatened Average None England
Cayuga Ducks Medium Good Watch Excellent Color, Good Type None USA
Chocolate Runner Ducks Light Very Good Recovering Average None Indonesia
Fawn and White Runner Ducks Light Very Good Recovering Average None Indonesia
Golden 300 Hybrid Layer Ducks N/A Good No Rank Not Shown None Metzer Farms
Grimaud Hybrid Duck Heavy Fair No Rank Meat Class Only None France
Jumbo Pekin Ducks Heavy Fair Abundant Good for Meat Classes None China
Khaki Campbell Ducks Light Very Good Watch Very Good Maybe England
Mallard Ducks Bantam Very Good Abundant Too "Chunky" Very Good North America
Muscovy Ducks Heavy Excellent Abundant Average Excellent Brazil
Pekin Duck Heavy Fair Abundant Meat Class Only None China
Rouen Ducks Heavy Good Plenty Not Shown Maybe France
Saxony Ducks Heavy Good Threatened Very Good None Germany
Silver Appleyard Ducks Heavy Very Good Threatened Very Good None England
Welsh Harlequin Ducks Light Good Watch Above Average None Wales
White Crested Ducks Medium Fair No Rank Excellent None Holland
White Layer Ducks N/A Good No Rank Not Shown None Metzer Farms
1. 1.0 indicates a Very Calm breed and 9.0 indicates a More Nervous breed. Average scores by Metzer Farms employees who care for the ducks.
2. These are the weights of our breeders during lay. For maximum egg production, their weight has been controlled.
3. 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.
4. One ounce = 28.5 grams
5. This is the average fertility we get from our breeders during an entire season of lay (35-45 weeks of lay).
6. The Livestock Conservancy ranks most poultry breeds on how rare they are. For more information, visit The Livestock Conservatory.
7. Summary of comments from waterfowl judges that have visited our farm.

Grimaud Hybrid Pekin Ducks are the most popular type of duck in North America for Commercial Meat Duck Production. Breeding stock from France is imported to give our customers the most efficient, meaty and profitable duck. Pekins are the fastest growing breed and dress very well after processing because of their white feathers. These birds are successfully used by some of our customers for pasture grown ducks. They are not bred for this type of growing, but do well due to the natural hardiness and disease resistance of all ducks.

Khaki Campbell Ducks are commonly known for their exceptional egg laying capability. The Golden 300 Hybrid Layer Ducks and White Layer Ducks are two breeds developed here at Metzer Farms to maximize duck egg production. With proper care and management, these ducks will outperform the better known Pekins, Khaki Campbells, Runners or Welsh Harlequin. The Golden 300 and White Layer ducks are ideal if you are looking to meet a growing market for fresh duck eggs. There is also a steady demand for balut or salted eggs in most local Asian markets.

Metzer Farms is a proud board member and sponsor of The Livestock Conservatory. We actively participate in the preservation of rare heritage duck breeds and encourage others to help increase the population of many of the endangered domestic duck breeds. You can find a list of all officially recognized breeds by the American Poultry Association (APA), the Poultry Club of Great Britain (PCGB), and The Australian Poultry Standards.