Scientific name: Anas platyrhynchos domesticus
Other common names: Golden Hybrid
The Golden 300 Hybrid Duck is a crossbred, "sex-link" duck developed by U.S. poultry breeder Metzer Farms. According to Metzer Farms, "In 1996 we developed the Golden 300 Hybrid as they lay more and larger eggs than the Khaki Campbell duck and have a calmer temperament with a higher fertility...we developed the Golden 300 Hybrid by crossing and utilizing the attributes of different duck breeds."
Varieties: Dark brown and black drakes, khaki hens
Personality: Calm and social
Suitable housing: Free range during the day, or large pen
Capable of flight: No
Weight: 4.5 - 6 lbs
Noise level: Average
Egg production: Excellent (5/week)
Egg color: Mostly White, 8% hens lay Blue
Meat production: Okay
What else you should know:
According to Metzer Farms, "The Golden 300 Hybrid can be sexed at any age by its color as the males are shades of black and the females are shades of brown. Unfortunately, they do not retain this characteristic in future generations. Their progeny will hatch in blacks, yellows and browns with no relationship between sex and color."
new hybrid superlayers, high quality eggs, working breed, extraordinarily prolific duck
little flighty, mess
fantastic blown eggs, delicious mayonnaise
"This is the first duck that truly revivals a chicken in egg production. These Golden 300 ducks are a great grazer, just like geese they will keep your yard or pasture trimmed for you. Make sure you have a good sized body of water for them to mess around in. And mess they will, if it is a stock tank or kiddie pool you will have to change the water out every day. They clean their bills out and poop in the water, so it gets gross after a day or 2. <br>Duck eggs are a premium product, they command a higher price than chicken eggs do. In a market full of chicken eggs your duck eggs might just stand out. The Golden 300 is the first duck that finally makes financial sense to bring duck eggs to market.."
From Drhunt20 Sep 25 2015 10:35AM
"I currently own 3 female Golden 300 Hybrid ducks, who are very similar to and are derived from the Khaki Campbell. They are bred to lay even better than the Campbell, and mine have definitely lived up to that. My birds will have easily topped 300 eggs in a year without special lighting or food. The Hybrids are very easygoing and get along beautifully with my chickens. They will not naturally come up to a person, but can be coaxed to come near with treats such as lettuce (mine certainly become friendly when they think there are treats). Their eggs are quite tasty, and so large that they can't fit inside a standard egg carton. Duck eggs have a different flavor than chicken eggs, and aren't for everyone, but I find them superior to chicken eggs. They fluff up more when used in baking, and make a delicious mayonnaise. The shells are harder to crack than chicken eggs, but this also means they make fantastic blown eggs if you enjoy working with with those. Keep in mind that Hybrids are not bred for appearance and generally come in various shades of brown, although there is a white version of the Hybrid. Since they are not pure-bred, they also will not be suitable for showing. However, uf you are looking for a calm, extraordinarily prolific duck, this is the perfect selection.."
From Rachel Lynn Mattingly Jun 2 2010 1:54AM
"Golden 300 ducks lay eggs - lots and lots of eggs. If you are looking for a solid duck to lay a lot of very high quality eggs this is the breed for you. They are a working breed of duck and not by any means show quality. They won't win your heart over as a pet as they do tend to stay a little flighty compared to some other breeds.<br><br>If you hatch your own eggs you will end up with a number of drakes that you really don't know what to do with. They don't fill out well for meat but there is some meat there. We do our best to free-range ours so the feed costs are low and the meat that we do get is appreciated and enjoyed. It just takes a bit more work to get enough for the family versus meat breeds.."
From fraasch May 20 2015 7:10AM