Scientific name: Anas platyrhynchos domesticus
Other common names: Black East Indies, Buenos Aires, Black Brazilian, Labrador
The West Indies duck is an ornamental bantam breed, or miniature duck. The breed was developed in the United States, during the early 1800s. It is believed that the name comes from breeders attempting to market the breed as foreign, and thus a more expensive fowl. The West Indies was admitted to the American Poultry Association in 1875, and continues to be a popular ornamental waterfowl.
Personality: Semi wild, very flightly
Suitable housing: Avairy
Capable of flight: Yes
Weight: 2 lbs
Noise level: Average
Egg production: Poor
Egg color: Dark gray fading to white, or blue
Meat production: Poor
What else you should know:
It is not uncommon for female East Indies ducks to develop white feathers as they age, with some ducks molting to be almost entirely white around eight years of age. These females still produce black ducklings.
great satisfaction, beautiful plumage, Beautiful bantam ducks
critically endangered breed
Beautiful bantam ducks!
I incubated my first batch of Black East Indie duck eggs in 2012. I was fascinated by the breed of duck and their beautiful plumage. After incubation and the ducklings had hatched, the naturally imprinted on their human caregiver. They are extremely easy to care for and very docile natured. The breed stays relatively small, unlike your regular domestic breeds of duck. Along with raising a beautiful species of duck, I found great satisfaction in knowing that I was also helping rehabilitate a critically endangered breed. If you have the time to care for them, they will provide you with hours of entertainment in their cute duck follies..
From artofjesselle Apr 6 2015 5:55PM