Scientific name: Anas platyrhynchos domesticus
The Saxony Duck is a rare waterfowl, created by breeder Albert Franz from Germany during the early 1900s. Mr. Franz desired an ornamental, but fast maturing table fowl with light pin feathers. To achieve the look of his Saxony fowl, he crossed together Pekins, Rouens and Blue Pomerianians. He introduced the bird successfully in 1934, at the Saxon county show. However, the breed was lost during World War II, when Mr. Franz was taken as a prisoner of war. When he was released, he began to rebuild his Saxony ducks and share them with the public once more.
Uses: Eggs, Exhibition, Meat
Suitable housing: Free range during the day, or large pen
Capable of flight: No
Weight: 8 - 9 lbs
Noise level: Hens can be that boisterous
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: White, Blue, Green
Meat production: Excellent flavored fowl with lean meat.
What else you should know:
Drakes are said not to quack, but rather make a raspy sound when excited.
flavorful meat, productivity, country farm, free range, small pond
My parents raised Saxony ducks for eggs and meat when I was younger, so I continued on for a lot of years. Saxony ducks are very easy to care for on a farm, especially if you have a small pond or stream for them to swim in. Mine had pretty much free range around the homestead. When it got chilly, they would nest in the barn with the other animals. Duck eggs are delicious and are usually larger than chicken eggs. I used to pickle hard boiled duck eggs and give jars of them to friends as Christmas gifts.
Duck feathers make wonderful ingredients for craft projects too. My children used to gather feathers they found on the ground and use them to make feather jewelry.
Saxony ducks are very productive layers and have very tender, flavorful meat, especially if allowed free range..
From peggysuegeorge Sep 27 2013 8:50PM
Grandpa's Love for poultry
Just before I joined college, I lived with my grandpa for one year in his country farm. Nothing could separate my old man from his ranch. She kept all sorts of animals including a pretty big poultry segment. He owned more than 200 Saxony ducks, as far as I can remember, and not for one day did he complain about their productivity. I remember how he used to complain when his worker failed to collect all the eggs at the end of the day. I was pretty young then to figure out the commercial 'Arithmetics' he used to enjoy, but the birdies were quite awesome re-creators. Every now and then, we would enjoy a sumptuous meal when grandpa was in a good mood to 'sacrifice' one or two of his dearies for his huge family. I remember them as fairly calm, relatively quiet, gentle and pretty amazing layers..
From OliverBradley Jul 10 2014 1:46AM
Usually we keep females for their eggs, but one summer we ended up with two male Saxony ducks running around our little croft. Duck as a meat is one of the family favorites and we were looking forward to having a good meal. Keeping the birds was relatively easy, they lived in the front of the barn and had free range of the garden.
They could be noisy but were mostly calm, they only problem we had was the pair ganging up on the females but I have read that that is more of a general duck thing than it is a Saxony Duck thing. We decided that since one of the ducks seemed a lot more aggressive than the other that we would keep the less aggressive male for breeding and have the other for a meal..
From coliwob Jan 3 2015 3:23PM