Saxony duck swimming

Saxony Duck

The Saxony duck is a heavy dual-purpose duck breed that is considered one of the most beautiful breeds. Its status is threatened.

A beautiful Saxony duck. Photo courtesy of "ssbobon."
A beautiful Saxony duck. Photo courtesy of “ssbobon.”

They are marked similarly to the Rouen Clair, except that the coloring of a Rouen Clair is termed “Light Mallard,” whereas the Saxony has blue dilution genes and is called “Apricot Light Mallard,” which is unique to the Saxony. No other duck breed is colored like them.

Drakes have a silver or blue-gray colored head, back, and wing markings, rust-colored chest, cream belly and sides, and white neck ring.

Ducks are a beautiful rich buff color, with two creamy white stripes on the face and white marks on the chest and wingtips. They usually have orange feet and bill.



These ducks weigh 7-9 lb (3-4 kg) and lay about 190-240 eggs a year, so they’re excellent for either meat or eggs.

They don’t fly, are good foragers, and tend to be good broodies and mothers.

Overall, they’re a wonderful, beautiful breed that really deserves more attention and popularity in the poultry world.

History

The Saxony was developed in 1930 in Germany by Albert Franz from Rouens, German Pekins, and Blue Pomeranians. It was recognized as a breed by 1957, and has since garnered some popularity, but remains relatively rare.

PHOTO AND VIDEO GALLERY

A good overview of the Saxony duck breed (although it covers pretty much the same points I do here):

Saxony duck.
Saxony duck. Photo courtesy of Michaela Knott.
Female Saxony at a show
A female Saxony at a show. Photo from The Domestic Waterfowl Club of Great Britain.
A Saxony drake at a show
A Saxony drake at a show in 2015. Photo courtesy of Rupert Stephenson; photo from The Domestic Waterfowl Club of Great Britain.
Two beautiful female Saxony ducks
Two beautiful female Saxony ducks. Photo courtesy of Aimee Brown.
Saxony drake and ducks
Saxony drake and ducks, who get all the credit for this picture for being “mega sweeties.” Their names are Blue (the drake), Derpy, Alpha, and Lil’ Cutie.
Saxony duck
Saxony duck. Photo courtesy of Michaela Knott.
Head of a Saxony drake
Head of a Saxony drake.
Head of a Saxony duck.
Head of a Saxony duck.
Two Saxony ducks and ducklings
Two Saxony ducks and ducklings. Photo courtesy of Michaela Knott.
Two broody Saxonies
Two broody Saxonies coparenting.
A handsome Saxony drake.
A handsome Saxony drake.

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  1. I have 2 saxony ducks n 2 saxony drake in hoping to breed them i would appreciate some more info thanking you

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