Ducks: At Ruff Row we love our ducks, we use them for herding and love baking with their eggs. We have two breeds Khaki Campbells and Ancona Ducks. Khakis are laying machines and better to work the dogs on as they are lighter weight, the Ancona's are a pretty heritage breed and good multi-purpose duck. In the future we'd like to raise pied campbells either by acquiring some white campbells and breeding them with the Khakis and may also try crossing the Ancona's with them.
We admired the Ancona ducks for years and finally acquired our first ducklings in June 2013. Since they are a Heritage breed in critical status they are not common birds. These birds came from two different sources and are the foundation of our breeding flock. We have birds in all three base colors, black, brown and blue.
We enjoy the Ancona ducks immensely. They are hardy, easy maintenance birds, and have laid for the most part through the winter. Their eggs weigh in at approximately 2.5 to 2.8 oz so are extra extra large egg.
Breed description from The Livestock Conservancy: "The Ancona averages 6 to 6.5 pounds and is a bit stockier than its close relative, the Magpie duck. It has a medium sized oval head, a medium-length bill that is slightly concave along the top line, an average neck that arches forward slightly and body carriage is 20 to 30 degrees above horizontal. The broken, mottled plumage is unique among ducks for, like Holstein cattle, there is no set design. "Any combination of white and color is acceptable as long as there are obvious broken areas on the head, backs, sides, and underbody." The neck is normally solid white, bills are yellow with dark green or black spotting, and the legs and feet are orange with black or brown markings that increase with age."
They are easy to handle birds and don't fly which makes them easy to keep penned. We use them for herding practice and their steady temperament is definitely an asset in that venue.
Please see our DUCK FACTS page for more information about duck keeping.
In 2015 we should have hatching eggs, ducklings (from time to time) and the occasional mature bird available. If you're interested in eggs, ducklings or ducks, please contact us so that we can notify you when we have stock available. Also please see our Ducks for Sale page for stock available.
Khaki Campbells: These birds are known for their egg laying-and lay eggs they do. I truly believe they'll give any chicken a run for its money, laying an average of 320 eggs a year. Campbell ducks are smaller than the anconas weighing in at 3-5 pounds. They come in khaki, dark and white (though the latter two color varieties are somewhat rare in the US). My campbells hatched out in March started laying in August.