When you start learning about ducks, you may wonder which ones are right for you. Here are three duck breeds for the beginner that are worth considering.
Backyard duck breeds to consider for your homestead
Keeping ducks on a small homestead is a great way to get fresh eggs, entertainment, and a sassy attitude. There are numerous backyard duck breeds to choose from, though. Some are better egg layers, some are more mellow than others. Here are three of our favorite breeds.
Most commonly a pale blue color, they can also be colored with bits of silver or be a combination of black, blue and white. Swedish Blue ducks are known for their calm, docile personality. They are a medium sized, hardy duck that lays 250-325 eggs per year. This breed is known to go “broody” and sit on a clutch of eggs.
It’s not one of the most common backyard duck breeds, but has been gaining popularity. Swedish Blue ducks are relatively quiet and tend to get along with other poultry in the yard.
Khaki Campbell ducks are another breed that is great for the beginner duck owner. They have a gorgeous feathering pattern, ranging from from light and dark brown to splashes of black and white.
Of all the breeds I’ve owned, this is the quietest duck breed of the bunch. They’re also very friendly. These ducks are generally calm and happy as long as they have plenty of water. Known for being great layers, they lay six eggs a week pretty consistently, even throughout harsh winters.
Crested duck breeds
For maximum entertainment value, consider the Crested duck. These are the duck breeds you will see at 4-H county fairs with the tuft of feathers at the top of their heads. They are more vocal than other breeds; if you’re looking for a quiet duck breed, this isn’t it. Their simple beauty more than makes up for that, though.
Crested ducks are similar in size and weight to Pekin ducks, making them a great dual purpose bird, good for both egg laying and meat birds. Crested ducks average about 100-130 eggs a year. These ducks are more nervous than the other breeds, but their sassy personality makes up for that.
Our favorite duck breeds – your mileage may vary
These are just three of my personal favorite duck breeds that we have raised throughout the years. Each of them are special in their own way, with pros and cons.
What are some duck breeds you have considered?