Scientific name: Anas platyrhynchos domesticus
Other common names: Krombek; Noord Hollandse Krombekeend
According to the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC), the Dutch Hookbill Duck "originated in the Netherlands between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in the province of Noord-Holland. As the name implies, the breed is characterized by its downward curving beak setting it apart from other duck breeds. It is believed that this trait was particularly useful to duck breeders in Holland since their beaks made it easier for hunters to distinguish Hookbills from wild ducks that inhabited the same areas as the domesticated birds."
Varieties: Dusky, White, White Bibbed Dusky
Uses: Eggs, Meat, Ornamental, Pets
Personality: Docile, social, but active enough to be an excellent forager
Suitable Housing: Free range during the day, or large pen
Capable of flight: Yes, excellent flier
Weight: 5.5 - 6.5 lbs
Noise level: Average
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: White, Blue, Green
Meat production: Good
What else you should know:
The Dutch Hookbill is considered to have three types of bills, extremely curved, moderately curved and straight. It is recommend to breed moderately curved billed birds together, and extremely curved billed and straight billed birds together. Some breeders claim that when two extremely curved billed birds are bred, they have poor fertility.
The Dutch Hookbill is a fast maturing fowl, and starts laying around sixteen weeks.
hooked bill, blue beaks, active bug chasers
characteristic funny walk
The cute little duck that will sure get comments.
This duck is one of the oldest domesticated breed of duck and now one of the rarest. Hookbill ducks were once extremely popular in The Netherlands, but had sadly became less popular and some colors and types have been lost. This duck with a hooked bill and a characteristic funny walk is also very docile and friendly. The negative I have found is that they tend not to be very good layers but it has more to do with inbreeding so make sure your find a good breeder..
From kansa Oct 25 2012 8:14PM