Scientific name: Anas platyrhynchos domesticus
Other common names: Large Appleyard
The Silver Appleyard duck is named after its orginator, Reginald Appleyard of Suffolk, England. Mr. Appleyard developed his ducks in the early 1930s, as he wanted a prime meat fowl that would keep him amply supplied with large white eggs. His Appleyards success was short lived. Most of his fowl did not survive World War II, and after the war, interest in raising waterfowl rapidly declined. Today, the Silver Appleyard is critically endangered.
There is a Silver Appleyard bantam, or miniture version. These ducks where created by Tom Barlett, during the 1980's. They are very rare, but are reported to be making a comeback.
Uses: Eggs, Exhibition Meat, Ornamental, Pets
Personality: Calm and friendly
Suitable housing: Free range during the day, or large pen
Capable of flight: No
Weight: 8 - 9 lbs
Noise level: Below average
Egg production: Very good (4/week)
Egg color: White
Meat production: Very good, gourmet quality roasting fowl
What else you should know:
The Silver Appleyard duck is considered to be one of the best egg producers amongst heavy weight ducks.
Many Silver Appleyard bloodlines are underweight. It is important to weight and select your breeders to have well muscled bodies. Fowl that are too heavy, and have difficulties foraging or mating naturally should be avoided as well.
Drake Appleyard ducks tend to get lighter in color with age, while the hens tend to darken with age.
meat quality, large white eggs, friendly ducks, dual purpose duck, great first duck, amazing growth rate
heritage silver appleyards, colorful breeds, fine table fowl
I own a flock of heritage Silver Appleyards and am more than pleased with this large dual purpose duck. They have an amazing growth rate and are ready for processing in as little as 12 weeks. The meat is wonderful and not greasy at all. They aren't the friendliest, but are easy to work with and very pretty. I love my ducks..
From White Mountains Nov 15 2012 10:51AM
Best in general purpose.
The silver appleyard might be hard to find if you're looking for them. We got lucky and found a breeder nearby that's been keeping this breed of duck alive, and has made it their mission to share it. And with good reason. This is a great overall, all purpose duck!
Oh, and they're beautiful!
They reach the size of a large rouen or pekin, and have better egg production than both in our experience. Not as good as khaki campells or indian runners, but better than pekins and rouens. We did dress one out for meat recently. They dress nicely, like a pekin. The meat quality is excellent... we roasted our duck with fresh veggies from the garden, and kept it simple. Was really good.
As a pet, they're really easy going like rouens. If you can find them, give them a try... they're a rare but great first duck, or make a great addition to any flock. Good in the garden too..
From amm2002 Jul 17 2013 10:12AM