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The Welsh Harlequin is a fairly new breed, developed by Leslie Bonnett in Wales from two off-colored Khaki Campbell ducklings in 1949. They came to the United States in 1968 and were accepted into the American Poultry Association in 2001 in the Light Duck class. They are becoming a very popular breed due to their multipurpose characteristics. They are calm, inquisitive and excellent foragers. They seem to be the calmest bird on our farm.
They can also make an outstanding dressed bird as their under-feathers are almost exclusively white making their carcass as pretty as a pure white bird. Interestingly, they can be sexed after hatching with 90% accuracy by their bill color. Darker bills mean a male and lighter bills ending in a dark spot are normally females. Within several days this distinction disappears. They are also a beautiful bird, especially the feather patterns and colors on the adult females.
There are two variations of Welsh Harlequins: Silver and Gold. Ours are the more common Silver variety.
By far the calmest and the best layers I have. Love the color variations, they are very beautiful ducks.
This is our first time raising ducks. We chose this breed primarily for it’s calm, friendly, and inquisitive personality and we were not disappointed! They have completely endeared themselves to our whole family, as well as providing us with delicious eggs! We highly recommend Welsh Harlequins and Metzer Farms!
We have our ducks as pets and we have a small flock. We named our girl Contessa. She was our first duck and she taught us a lot. She always says hi in the morning and gets into trouble. Standing on top of the nest box and figuring out how to escape from her duck house into the larger enclosure. We will always have this breed because of their great personality. She has also been a great layer.
Ok I've gotta say I was a little scared to receive my ducklings via mail. There are so many bad experiences people have had and I didn't want the same. So I crossed my fingers and submitted my order (1 male and 1 female welsh harlequin). I've gotta say, Metzer farms has got their act together! The babies were and still are happy and healthy little cuties. They weren't sickly or half dead, they're full of life! They were also packaged very well and their warmer was still warm after receiving them. Everything went down like clockwork, just as Metzer farms explained. I extremely appreciated the informative emails with links on how to care for the babies once I got them home. I'm very happy with the whole experience and with Metzer Farms! I will be returning to Metzer farms for more orders when I'm ready because I trust the outcome.
We ordered 1 Welsh Harlequin and 1 Grimaud Hybrid Pekin. They arrived this morning and are alert, active and healthy. The packaging was very secure and had everything the ducklings needed during shipping. We are very happy with the quality of the birds so far and I would definitely order from Metzer again.
All of the ducks arrived lively and healthy. I ordered the welsh harlequins based on the summary of the breed provided by Metzer and feel they will be a good all purpose duck for our small flock. I also got some mixed ducks to make up the numbers for shipping. I'm not sure what they are but look forward to seeing how they mature. I would definitely order from Metzer again.
They arrived in South Dakota strong and healthy. They keep complaining that you did not let them hang out on the beach before shipping them to S.D. Otherwise they tell us everything we do wrong. This is not our first rodeo, however I don't believe they are impressed with us. Judging from how much we get the dirty looks and constantly are chewing us out. Maybe they should be writing the review. (Or maybe they do, they seem to be constantly plotting against us, talking to themselves all the time.) Truth told we love them and they are strong, healthy, and opinionated. Thank you Lawrence
Our two new duck hatchlings just arrived a few hours ago. As soon as the postal worker handed me the box I could hear them! They were perfectly healthy. I immediately dipped their bills in their water and they took their first drinks! Impressed with the box they were sent in. Will order from Metzer again!
My ducklings arrived happy and healthy. Beautiful duckling and very sweet.