Temperament: friendly, messy, lovable and change your garden forever
Lifespan: 7 years
The Pekin is described as an attractive large white duck, although the plumage can show a tinge of
cream or yellow. They weigh 3.5-4kg with yellow or reddish-orange bill and legs. We have Flutter and
Muscovies ( another breed) come in colours including black, blue, white, black & white, and white.
They are docile, placid and good foragers for snails. They are also bred for their meat and eggs.
Khaki Campbells are medium sized ducks (2.25-2.5kg with slender necks. They are mainly khaki
coloured with a dark brown upper head and neck. These are fast growing and easy to raise ducks,
usually bred as layers because their eggs are a similar size to chicken eggs. They are generally
Ducks are intelligent and friendly in general.
Rarely suffer from ill health when well looked after and protected from predators.
Feed ducks scraps and leftovers but include some commercial duck food to ensure they get essential
nutrients. Supply plenty of fresh water for drinking as well as water in a small pond for swimming (a
disused child’s pool will do).
Make sure there is still a dry area in the pen so that their feet are not wet all the time, otherwise they
could develop infections of the foot. Worm regularly, about twice a year, to keep them healthy. See us
for best wormers.
Most duck breeds are well suited to suburban backyards and will forage for slugs and snails in the
garden. All ducks can be messy and may trash a vegetable garden if allowed. A water container large
enough in which to allow them to dunk is essential to ensure their eyes, nostrils and beaks stay clean
Ducks do best when they have plenty of space in which to wander and so are best suited to larger
backyards. It’s important to check with your local council to ensure by-laws allow the keeping of
poultry in the area.
Ducks need a shed or shelter that has a predator-proof yard or house to keep them safe at night (from
foxes and dogs) and provide protection from the weather. Dry straw or a other bedding is necessary
for the ducks to sleep on and lay in. Change to fresh bedding every couple of days. A single duck can
be lonely so always keep two or more ducks.