Sexing khaki campbell ducks
Drakes have greenish-black heads and rumps and a distinct white neck ring.
The breast, sides, and flanks are a reddish chestnut colour highlighted by white frosting and lacing.
The bill is greenish-blue and the legs and feet are orange-brown.
Ducks should be a fairly even shade of khaki brown throughout, often with a slightly darker head.
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.
Ducklings are yellow with the markings and colours they will carry as adults already visible in their down. Both seem to originate from the Asiatic Swan goose, rather than the European Greylag, which is the ancestor of most other domestic geese.
In Africans, both sexes should give the appearance of being massive and imposing.
The eggs are pearly white or cream coloured and weigh 600-900 grams per dozen.
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.
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.