Sexing khaki campbell ducks

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They often have a dark grey 'stripe' down their backs that looks like their hair's been dyed but dark roots are coming back in.

Bills should be pinkish but may have some dark spots or patches.

Their unique voices are deep and melodious, and we have found their alert call to be rather comical - they don't quite honk like other geese, but rather call a very distinct “doink”.

Ducks are predominantly white or cream coloured, with varying amounts of grey, silver and fawn flecking and penciling. Ducklings are yellow to tan in colour with varying amounts of silver or grey frosting and shading.

They should carry no less than 25% colour, nor more than 75% colour.

Some may display a moderate crest on the top of their head. Africans are believed to be the giant cousin of the China Goose, and indeed their colouring is almost identical.

Several years ago, we raised some Ancona crosses, and discovered that these birds continued to lay eggs through the cold weather even when our other birds had stopped. The black variety should be inky or iridescent black.

We've introduced some Khaki Campbell, Silver Appleyard, and Saxony ducks into this strain, and are keeping the best of their offspring - all of which retain the “pinto” markings, upright carriage, and other desireable characteristics of their Ancona beginnings. Appearance: Currently, the size varies quite dramatically from about 5-10 pounds with the larger sizes preferred. Iridescence does not necessarily indicate it's a male.

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