Scientific name: Anas platyrhynchos domesticus
Other common names: Streicher Duck; Le Canard Streicher; Hooded Ranger Duck
The Abacot Ranger originated in Colchester, U.K, around 1917. The breed was developed by breeder Oscar Gray, who crossed White Indian Runners with some of his Khaki Campbell sports. The breed enjoyed popularity for a short time, and spread throughout many of the closer European countries, as well as the United States of America.
The Abacot Ranger has many names. It is known as the Hooded Ranger in America, the Streicherente in Germany and much of eastern Europe, and called the Le Canard Streicher throughout France. All have a similar standard, but The European Streicherente are smaller than the United Kingdoms Abacot Ranger.
Varieties: Silver Wild Colour
Uses: Eggs, Meat, Preservation
Personality: Calm, social, and lazy
Suitable housing: Free range during the day, or a large penned area
Capable of flight: No
Weight: 5.5 - 6.5 lbs
Noise level: Average
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: White
Meat quality: Good
What else you should know:
Some keepers of the Abacot Ranger claim that the breed is rather lazy at foraging, and isn't the most alert breed. Therefore, penned housing may be necessary if your birds are exposed to predators while ranging.
eggs, lovely looking bird, easy bird, great colour
creamy body, rarest domestic ducks, darker head
My family is one of the lucky few who have this animal in a domestic environment. The Abacot is one of the rarest domestic ducks on the planet. The Abacot usually have a rather creamy body, with streaks of brown. The males on one hand have a darker head than the females, so it can be easy to distinguish between the too. One of the reasons why we own Abacus is because of their reserved nature. They seem to be in their ‘own world’, daydreaming and remaining idle rather than keeping active, foraging on looking out for predators. This one hand allows the owner to have an animal which is easy to look after, however if you live in a particularly volatile area then these birds could be cannon fodder. The Abacot also live for a lengthy amount of time, with the mean being around thirteen years, this statistic could be correct because of the idleness of the duck itself, which in fact rarely feels the need to fly.
We roughly gain around one hundred and fifty to two hundred eggs every year from the Abacus which is a very decent amount of eggs, especially for a non-commercial farm.
An easy bird to look after with many eggs and with a great colour? Nothing could go wrong then it seems.
Well, like I said before one of the reasons why this bird is so rare, is because of the fact that it remains idle. This means it may not even feel the need to mate during the season or be swept up by predators without any fret. Again these are things we must consider when looking at an animal.
Overall though the Abacot is a lovely looking bird, with many good traits. If you can look past its laziness I’m sure you’ll come to love your Abacots just as my family has come to grow fond on mine..
From jamiematheson08 Jun 23 2014 3:29PM