Scientific name: Anas platyrhynchos domesticus
Other common names: Blue Swedish Duck; Black Swedish Duck; Splash Swedish Duck
Swedish Blue ducks where developed during the early 19th century, in the Swedish Pomerania. At the time, blue ducks where highly favored for meat and their dark feathers, which made it difficult for predators to see them. The Swedish duck originated from these European Blue Ducks, and was refined into the breed that it is today. Currently, the Swedish duck is considered endangered in Sweden, but is a relatively common breed in North America.
Varieties: Black, Blue, Splash
Uses: Eggs, Meat, Pets, Ornamental, Exhibition
Personality: Calm and gentle
Suitable housing: Free range during they day, cooped at night
Capable of flight: No
Weight: 6.5 - 8 lbs
Noise level: Average
Egg production: Very Good (4/week)
Egg color: Blue, Green, White
Meat production: Good
What else you should know:
Blue does not breed true. Here are the average results when breeding blue fowl
Blue X Blue = 50% Blue, 25% Black, 25% Splash (Sport White)
Blue X Splash = 50% Blue, 50% Splash
Blue X Black = 50% Black, 50% Blue
Splash X Splash = 100% Splash
Splash X Black = 100% Blue
Blue X Black = 100% Black
Beautiful ducks, mild mannered duck, cold conditions, free ranging, Excellent egg layer
Egg Drop Syndrome, low calcium
ducklings, 4H project, cute little companion
We bought four Swedish ducklings at an Amish open market. We raised them on standard duck feed and corn which is relatively inexpensive. They are fantastic egg producers and while we sold some eggs, most were put into an incubator to breed more ducks. This is a great family project and good way to teach your kids care and responsibility! After the eggs hatched we would keep them inside for several days in a pin. The reasons for incubating the eggs rather than allowing mom to hatch them are because other animals just LOVE to eat duck eggs, and because if you incubate the eggs the female duck will go ahead and lay more eggs. Males are slightly aggressive and BITE if you try to pick them up. Make sure to provide some type of shelter or run-in outside that they ran hide under because another issue is birds of pray, such as hawks, that will swoop down and try to carry them..
From eminto Jul 17 2014 5:52PM
Beautiful breed, Excellent egg layer
I raised black and blue Swedish ducks for a few years for my 4-H project, and I absolutely adored them! We had one drake, four hens, and let each hen raise about three hatches a year and sold them to fellow 4-H members and as breeding stock at poultry swap meets.
Swedish ducks are beautiful backyard birds that would make a great addition to anyone's pond. They are beautiful, coming in either black or blue with a white bib from their chin all the way down their chest. These ducks forage very well on the bugs and graze quite a bit, not needing much feed to get by.
I found all of my birds to be very gentle and easy to work with. I never had any health problems with them. They are considered a dual-purpose breed, but my birds seemed to lean more towards layers then meat birds, however we did dress out a few leftover drakes and they had a fair dress-out. My hens were fantastic layers, and were also excellent mommies. They were my go-to birds if I wanted anything hatched, and they raised anything from their own ducklings to turkey poults, chicks, and even one guinea baby. They did great in the winter, and bedded down in the chicken coop at night with all our other birds.
I'd recommend them to anybody, Swedish are great all-around ducks!.
From cattlecait Sep 29 2010 3:50PM
From Reachview Feb 14 2012 3:24AM