Scientific name: Anas platyrhynchos domesticus
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
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.
productive, attractive markings, natural foraging ability, economically raised pounds, large eggs
slugs, simple fence, medium size duck, general purpose ducks, hunting slugs
I am trialing a couple new breeds this year and am already regretting the decision not to include a few Magpies in my flock as a back up. I raised these birds a couple years in a row and was really impressed by their balance. My birds could be counted on for an egg about five times a week. At five and a half pounds market weight they were a little on the small side, but their natural foraging ability made those some very economically raised pounds..
From ColeAP Jun 25 2015 5:15PM
Distinctive black and white plumage duck
This is a one of the favorite lightweight general purpose ducks, since they have attractive markings, and are highly productive layers of large eggs. If you are looking for a pretty medium size duck for grazing and hunting slugs and other insects this is a good choice. They are not able to fly far so a simple fence will keep them contained. Duck eggs are great for baking or you can use the blown eggs for crafts. The black and white duck in the photo is a magpie..
From kansa Nov 4 2012 4:54PM