Scientific name: Anas platyrhynchos domesticus
Other common names: Australian Spotted; Australian Spots
The Australian Spotted duck originated in the United States of America, during the 1920s, and is considered one of the hardiest bantam duck breeds. This fowl was created by two Pennsylvanian breeders John Kriner Jr and Stanley Maron, whom crossed together American Mallards, Northern Pintails, Call ducks and wild Australian ducks.
Varieties: Bluehead, Greenhead, Silverhead
Uses: Exhibition, Pets
Personality: Calm and social
Suitable housing: Free range during the day, or large pen
Capable of flight: Yes
Weight: 2 - 2.2 lbs
Noise level: Above average
Egg production: Fair
Egg color: Blue, Cream, Green
Meat quality: Small, but well developed and fine in texture
great foragers, superb mothers, Duck eggs, friendly breed, inclement weather
bantam duck breed, rare breed
I didn't intend to raise ducks. Honest. I walked into the feed store and there was this cage of baby ducks. They were cute, yellow, and fuzzy. Okay, well I am a sucker for cute baby animals. I bought all of them and brought them home.
The ducks did very well. They managed to survive the winter. They lay quite well. Duck eggs are larger than chicken eggs and make really fluffy cakes.
The feathers work well for fly tying, as well. Duck meat is quite greasy, but the flavor is very good and it is very tender.
I recently found one of the hens nesting in an old plastic pail, in the barn. The females do tend to nest in odd places . She was surrounded by babies. It was a very cute Spring surprise.
These ducks are quite calm and docile, usually. But, mothers can be protective of their nests. Approach slowly and quietly and offer food..
From PeggyG Apr 17 2015 7:02AM
The Australian Spotted duck is the hardiest of all the bantam duck breed. They tolerate inclement weather well, resist disease very well and don't require any special treatment. ASD are very good foragers and require little feed if given enough space to graze and catch bugs. For a bantam, these 36 ounce birds are pretty decent at producing quality meat for the table. The hens are great layers and superb mothers. They are a quiet, friendly breed and are a joy to have around.
ASDs are colorful. they come in Green head, blue head and silver head colors. They have beautiful spotting on the bodies. They are not a accepted breed in the APA or the ABA yet, so could not be very competitive at shows. This is a rare breed that needs more people raising them and showing them to help bring their numbers back up. They are a breed worthy of this effort.
If you want a gentle, friendly, small duck that can produce, this is your breed!
From javadot Jan 26 2012 1:47AM