Posted Jan 26, 2012
The Australian Spotted duck is the hardiest of all the bantam duck breed. They tolerate inclement weather well, resist disease very well and don't require any special treatment. ASD are very good foragers and require little feed if given enough space to graze and catch bugs. For a bantam, these 36 ounce birds are pretty decent at producing quality meat for the table. The hens are great layers and superb mothers. They are a quiet, friendly breed and are a joy to have around.
ASDs are colorful. they come in Green head, blue head and silver head colors. They have beautiful spotting on the bodies. They are not a accepted breed in the APA or the ABA yet, so could not be very competitive at shows. This is a rare breed that needs more people raising them and showing them to help bring their numbers back up. They are a breed worthy of this effort.
If you want a gentle, friendly, small duck that can produce, this is your breed!