Scientific name: Anas platyrhynchos domesticus
Other common names: Campbell Duck
The Khaki Campbell duck was developed by Mrs. Adele Campbell, of Gloucestershire, England, during the late 1880s. Mrs. Campbell's goal was to develop a duck that would give her family a steady supply of eggs and roasted duckling. To achieve the Campbell, she crossed together Fawn, White and Pencilled Indian Runners and Rouen ducks. The duck's coloration reminded her of the British Army Unforms. So, she ended up naming them Khaki Campbells.
Varieties: Dark, Khaki, Pied, White
Personality: Energetic, but can tame with regular handling
Suitable Housing: Free range during the day, or large pen
Capable of flight: Yes, but not prone to flight
Weight: 3.5 - 4.5 lbs
Noise level: Average
Egg production: Excellent (5/week)
Egg color: White, Tinted
Meat production: Very good roasting duck
What else you should know:
Khaki Campbell ducks are considered to be highly adaptable to any climates. Breeders have raised them successfully in the desert, rain forest, and in extreme cold and snow.
Hens should start laying around 5 - 7 months.
It isn't uncommon for crossbred ducks to be mistaken for Khaki Campbells. If you want pureblooded Khaki's research breeders before purchasing. Also, make sure your birds do not have facial stripes, or weigh over 6 pounds.
tasty eggs, great foragers, champion egg layers, Beautiful duck, backyard keepers
mess, small kids, Quacky Khakis, gamey flavor, real flight potential
talkative, khaki cambell, white cambells, decent meat duck, kiddie pool, slug population
Highly sociable, extremely talkative "starter" ducks for the backyard
We keep a few of these girls in the backyard for some good old-fashioned duck entertainment and a steady egg supply. They are friendly and sociable ducks who do admittedly make a ton of noise, so they might not be the best duck of choice if you live in an urban area and/or you are keeping ducks against municipal regulations. Expect a round of synchronized clucking from these "guard ducks" when the mailman arrives each day! They seem to get each other worked up pretty easily so if one starts carrying on about something all the rest are likely to join in.
I do enjoy chickens as well, but in my opinion ducks are infinitely better--more trainable, friendlier, more productive, and the eggs are far tastier and more nutritious. In general ducks are also more winter-ready if you live in a place that sees cold temperatures for part of the year. Chickens are far more delicate in that regard, but the ducks will happily play in the snow and have a grand old time. Their laying productivity does decline with less daylight, so don't expect the same explosive egg supply you get in the summer in the winter. The Khaki Campbell is a good "starter" duck, especially if you get them early enough to socialize them to you. They're not going to be quite as loyal and devoted as the family dog, but they do get excited to see you and come up and eat out of your hand if they're used to you and trust you. Plus they're just ridiculously cute.
Some other things to be aware of: they poop all day every day, and you'll need to stay on top of that if you don't want them living (and laying eggs that you want to eat) in mountains of their own filth. This primarily applies to their water supply, which is important to keep clean and fresh and available to them so they can keep themselves clean. We had a cold snap last winter and their tub froze over, and some of the girls had a lot of trouble keeping their feathers properly oiled, which is their protection against the cold. So we brought them in for bath time in the house along with some of their other duck friends from the neighbors. This too, could be your experience. Living the dream right here, folks..
From mygreenlady Jan 9 2015 11:30AM
Extremely Productive and Fun Ducks
Khaki Campbells aren’t the most interesting looking duck. They’re a pleasant drab brown that pretty much blends in with the dirt. They do have light patterning similar to a mallard, although, it’s obscured on many Khaki Campbells.
This breed has Indian Runners in the parentage and they are a bit more upright than other breeds, especially when running. Regardless of coloring or body type, they’re still absolutely adorable and incredibly productive.
Khaki Campbells lay large quantities of large white eggs that are wonderful for baking. As they get older, they can tend towards seasonal laying more so than chickens, but remain fairly productive for longer than many breeds of chickens. They are unquestionably one of the top laying ducks.
This is a fairly small, medium sized breed with no real flight potential. The closest my girls get to flying is holding out their wings and jumping off the ramp to their house, which they do find amusing.
Like most ducks, they’re too loud for a suburban area, but are rather quiet by farm standards. They don’t vocalize often, mostly only quaking when they want something. They are very good at letting you know when they’re out of something and are exceptionally talented beggars.
One of their favorite foods is slugs, and they’ll eat these garden pests in large quantities. They’re also exceptional insect hunters and, while they didn’t eat them, mine have also successfully hunted small rodents.
Khaki Campbells can be a little high strung when first exposed to new things, but are curious birds that tend to recover quickly. They are exceptionally friendly and mine happily take treats out of my hand.
Ducks do require water. At the bare minimum, they need a bucket large enough to clean their face and maintain their feathers. However, one of their favorite activities is swimming and part of the joy in keeping ducks is watching them play in the water.
Keeping a pool for them clean is a lot of work, but if you’re not interested in doing that you really shouldn’t be looking at keeping waterfowl. There are plenty of equally productive, far less messy terrestrial bird alternatives.
Ducks are quite possibly the messiest creatures on the face of the earth, but they’re also one of the cutest. If you don’t mind cleaning up after them, Khaki Campbells will provide you with a steady supply of eggs and entertainment..
From gardenfairy Aug 30 2014 6:44AM
Great Layers, But Noisy
I bought four females from a neighbor and have to say they were excellent layers. We let the ducks free range with our chicken flock so they were able to forage for the bugs and grubs they need, as well as getting chicken scratch and scraps from the table and the garden. They were pretty prolific layers, and when we couldn’t eat any more we started a nice side business selling the eggs to neighbors and friends.
Our ducks never had any specific health problems. We gave them room to roam, a varied diet, and access to water and shade. The biggest problem we had were how badly they tore up the ground looking for grubs, especially in high water areas like the fence perimeter and around the water buckets for the larger animals. Ducks need a good supply of water, so if you don’t happen to have a pond or a lake, invest in a kiddie swimming pool and make sure you clean it regularly. The second biggest problem was the noise. They made all manner of quacking noises as they went about their daily routines, increasing in volume when other animals or people got close. It was annoying and we lived in town at the time, so there wasn't any escape from it.
Their temperament was even and laid back. Once they got used to us being out and about working in the yards every day they weren’t too concerned with us except to quack incessantly. Catching them was pretty easy, they didn’t fight or evade too much, so we had an easy time checking them over or transporting them. We had hoped, after later acquiring a male, to raise ducklings, but this breed is not the best for doing so. Ours didn’t even have designated nests. They laid their eggs in a lot of places and showed no signs of broodiness at all. Once we discovered that they were designated as simply egg producers and we continued to eat and sell the bounty.
That said, if you want to raise duckling go with a different breed or incubate the eggs yourself. If you only want the eggs, this one would be right for you. Just take their list of needs into consideration before purchasing so you can give them a good environment..
From ShilohOhmes Mar 25 2015 4:59PM