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The Silver Appleyard breed was developed by Reginald Appleyard of England in the 1930's. Among the heavy weight ducks, Silver Appleyards and the Saxony Ducks are considered the most active foragers.
Some claim that the Appleyards have the most flavorful meat of the ducks and they can often hatch and raise their own ducklings. They have not laid a full season for us but they are reputedly the best egg layers among the heavy weight ducks.
These are my first experience with ducks and you will not be disappointed. These ducklings arrived happy and healthy despite being shipped across the country. I have had these ducks now for over a year and the girls lay nearly everyday, not broody and super friendly. They love to forage and are my gardening partners following and helping as I pull weeds or dig, did I say friendly?!!! Amazing ducks!!
I ordered Miss Callie as a duckling and have been quite pleased with her! Shes a very friendly duck, hardy, and she has wonderful colors!
They are such a joy to watch growing up. My one girl sounds as if she has laryngitis, there is barely any sound coming out. They are the sweetest girls. I pick them up and they sit nice and still and love the petting.
I ordered five different breeds to try out, and the Appleyards seem amazing for anyone looking for a dual purpose breed, ducks for eggs, or for just for pets. Willow is such a sweet girl, and was very playful as a duckling. Now that she is full grown, she is a hefty girl and not as fast and active, but still just as docile. Definitely a top contender if you could only raise a single breed of duck. Very pleased with what a good representation of the breed she is. Hatcheries can be really hit or miss, but Metzer seems to raise quality birds both in health and breed conformation!
We've had our Silver Appleyard ducks since last April. We couldn't be more pleased. We got three females and their personalities are so distinct!! They've been laying since about 5 months old. At the same time, we got 3 Cayugas. They have been giving us 5 - 6 eggs per day (Central Florida). They get along so well. We purchased 3 Saxony and 3 Welsh Harlequin in November and were worried about the big girls picking on the little ones. Quite the opposite. The little ones are terrorists and the big girls steer clear. They are so much fun to interact with. They look out for us in the window and let themselves into their duck house.
I just got my princesses home and I am already head over heels with these babies. I'm looking forward to the future.
This is my first time with Silver Appleyard ducks and I ordered 2 males. They are shyer than my Rouens but will come up to me and eat out of my hand. They have the biggest opinions and will be sure and share it with you. I think they are so cool. I ended up with a light one and a dark on and they are beautiful.
We ordered 4 Silver Appleyard females, and they arrived vital and healthy on 22 May. The packaging for them was top shelf, heater pad, the green gel, we could not have been more impressed. As of today 7 May, they are thriving and growing like crazy. Metzer knows their business. and we are looking forward to ordering more in the near future.
I ordered 2 hens this January and they arrived in great health despite coming across country. They are part if the family. Great foragers and very curious about everything i do. I joke with my friends that instead of having a service dog I have my ducks.
Our little ducklings have very, very quickly grown into beautiful ducks. Their feather patterns are lovely, and just different enough to tell them apart. They are happy, healthy, very entertaining and a wonderful addition to our flock
We received our 6 ducks back in May. They arrived quickly and very healthy. They have grown very fast are beautiful as their feathers have come in. We love them so much we just placed an order for more and can't wait until they arrive.
What a great breed. One year later the ducks are doing great! I use these ducks for meat and in a duck tractor that I move daily in my orchard. These ducks have a lot of personality and tend to their business of fertilizing my trees, eating bugs, slugs and foraging for some of their food. I have decided to keep these heritage ducks and grow an even larger flock for distribution to a local 4-H club. We must save these beautiful heritage ducks!
I love my Flora. She arrived happy and healthy. She started laying a month early and is the best mother! Such a great duck.