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Magpie Duck

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Scientific name: Anas platyrhynchos domesticus

The basics:
The Magpie Duck was developed in the early 1900s, from Welsh breeders M.C Grower Williams and Oliver Drake. The ancestry of the breed is unknown, but believed to have come from a cross of Runner ducks and an old Belgian breed known as the Huttegem. The Magpie was never widely kept, but was admitted to the British Waterfowl Standard in 1926, and American Standard of Perfection in 1977.

Varieties: Black and White, Blue and White, Chocolate and White, Dun and White
Uses: Eggs, Meat, Ornamental, Pets
Personality: High strung, active forager
Suitable housing: Free range during the day, or large pen
Capable of flight: No
Weight: 5 - 7 lbs
Broody: Yes
Noise level: Average
Egg production: Very Good (4/week)
Egg color: White, Blue
Meat production: Gourmet quality bird

What else you should know:
Most Magpie ducks lay white eggs. However, the old English standard calls for blue eggs.

The color pattern of ducklings is visible as soon as the ducklings hatch.

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