The Buff or Buff Orpington duck was developed by the William Cook family who lived in the Orpington area of Kent, England in the early 1900s. It was developed as a multipurpose bird, with the ability to lay good quantities of eggs. These very calm, honey colored ducks are relatively rare and a customer favorite. They lay 130 to 180 eggs each year.
The Cayuga is a rare, medium sized duck and their color is black with iridescent jewel tones. As the breed ages their feathers will become mottled with white until in later years they turn almost all white. They will produce between 100 and 150 eggs a year. When they first start to lay the egg shells are often almost black in color. As the season goes on their eggs get lighter in color until they are a pale greenish color.
The Magpie is an attractive duck with its splashes of black on white. They are a hardy variety and are active foragers. One of the things we love about the Magpies is that each one has different marking which makes it easy to tell Mary from Martha. Magpie ducks are highly productive layers of large eggs averaging between 220 to 290 eggs annually.
Production Rouens are one of our customer’s favorites. They are colored like Mallards but are much larger. The hen has a very intricate feather pattern with dark brown lines highlighting each light golden feather. Their sapphire wing bands are breath taking. They will lay between 140 and 180 eggs each year. They have very calm temperaments.
Swedish ducks come in black or blue colors. They are easily identified by their elegant white bib. They are a medium sized duck that are calm and good foragers. They lay 120 to 180 eggs per year.
Indian Runner Ducks
Indian Runners do not waddle when they move like other breeds. They “run” from point A to B. This allows them to move much more efficiently than other duck breeds. They are a tall, thin duck with an upright carriage which adds to their ease of movement. They are a top pick for bug control simply because they can cover more ground each day. Because Indian Runners are quick moving so they seem more timid and excitable.
Pekin ducks are the gentle giants of the duck laying world. They are plain vanilla in color and that is the only thing plain about them. They are wonderful foragers and have kept our yard bug free for over 5 years. They are excellent layers, between 140 and 220 eggs per year and their eggs are so big you would be able to close an egg carton when you put them in.
We do not offer this breed because they tend to be nervous, lay a smaller sized egg and do not lay well in cold weather.
Dunreath Farm specializes in female ducklings. We do not sell straight run ducklings because owning a small flock with 2 or more drakes in it usually turns out to be a very unpleasant experience for both duck hens and their human keepers.
Duck hens will lay well without a drake. Owning only duck hens also saves on feed because you are not wasting feed on non-laying drakes. Duck eggs sell for $8 a dozen at many farmers markets and grocery stores like Whole Foods. The ducklings we sell come from a NPIP certified hatchery and have been sexed by professionals.
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