Crested Duck

Save as favorite

Avg. Owner Satisfaction


(3 Reviews)

Scientific name: Anas platyrhynchos domesticus

The basics:
The Crested Duck is a very old breed, with unknown origin. Some claim the birds are descended from Mallards that had the crest mutation, other's say they were developed by a cross of Bali and barnyard ducks from Holland. Either way, the Crested duck has been featured in artwork since 1660, and is considered a classic heritage fowl.

Varieties: Black, Colored, White
Use: Eggs, Meat, Ornamental, Pets
Personality: Nervous, but can become a very tame pet if given the attention
Suitable housing: Free range during the day, or a large pen
Capable of flight: No
Weight: 6 - 7 lbs
Broody: Rarely
Noise level: Below average, with most Crested ducks only making noise when they want attention
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: White, Blue, Green
Meat production: Good

What else you should know:
The Crest is caused by a genetic mutation. When two crested ducks are breed together, it can create a lethal allele combination. This can result in the following:
25% of the fertile eggs dying during incubation
25% of chicks hatching without crests

The Crested Duck is a recognized breed. However, any breed of duck that hatches with a crest, may be shown in the crested class.


good layers, multipurpose ducks, large white eggs


neurological issues, breeding mortality rates, genetic defect


huge crests

Crested Duck Behavior Tip

Crested Duck

From BrentM Aug 23 2014 11:48PM


Member photos