Ancona Duck

The Ancona is a large dual-purpose duck breed weighing approximately 5 (2.3 kg) to 7 (3.2 kg) pounds, with drakes generally weighing slightly more. They are a “critically endangered” breed that originated in England in the 20th century.

They’re always pied, like pinto horses and Holstein cattle, with random color patches that are usually either black, buff blue, chocolate, lilac, silver, or lavender, with black and white being the most common. Their feet are orange and bills are yellow, and often covered in spots and dark patches.  They’re similar to the Magpie duck, although stockier.

Anconas are excellent layers, producing 210-280 large blue, green, gray, cream, or white eggs a year. They’re not the best broody ducks, but they make decent mothers. Anconas make good meat birds, as they grow fast and have meat that isn’t as fatty as Pekin meat. They are hardy and excellent foragers, and are considered calm and friendly. Their flying ability is poor. Their normal lifespan is approximately ten years.

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Ancona Duck

Ancona duck

Ancona Ducklings
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Ancona Ducks
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Ancona Ducks