Welsh Harlequin Duck

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Scientific name: Anas platyrhynchos domesticus

The basics:
In 1949, Welsh waterfowl breeder Leslie Bonnet noticed a color mutation in his flock of Khaki Campbells. He began to hatch and select for this coloration, and created the Welsh Harlequin Duck. Bonnet's fowl spread throughout Europe and was exported to the United States in 1968. Today, the Welsh Harlequin is considered very rare, and is classified as endangered in many countries.

Varieties: Gold, Silver
Uses: Eggs, Meat, Pets, Ornamental, Exhibition
Personality: Active, friendly and inquisitive
Suitable housing: Free range during the day, or a large pen
Capable of flight: No
Weight: 5 - 5.5 lbs
Broody: Yes
Noise level: Average
Egg production: Very Good (4/week)
Egg color: White
Meat production: Excellent lean meat, that cleans well

What else you should know:
Welsh Harlequin ducks can be sexed as soon as they hatch by bill color, with 90% accuracy. Ducklings that hatch with dark bills are males, and ducklings that hatch with light bills that have a dark spot are hens. These bill color differences will disappear within several days after hatching.


dual purpose, active foragers, good natured, great egg production, duck meat, vivid plumage




dry bedding straw, lean meat, good allrounder, swimming area, Livestock Conservancy

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