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

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.

Saxony Duck Infographic

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.

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

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.


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.

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.
Two beautiful female Saxony ducks
Two beautiful female Saxony ducks. Photo courtesy of Aimee Brown.
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.
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.

6 Comments

    1. Hi Tavi,

      Here’s the basics of caring for ducklings:

      1. At first, they will need to be in a brooder, which is a box or tote with heat lamps for warmth. Here are some links on setting up a brooder:
      https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/duckling-care-brooder-ideas.64854/
      https://www.thecapecoop.com/diy-brooder-box/

      2. Once they are old enough to stay warm by themselves, they will need permanent housing. Most people keep their ducks in a small house, crate, or coop, for the night, and let them into a run or yard for the day. This is a big subject, so I can’t cover it in one comment very well, but you can research duck housing yourself. If your weather is good, you can let them outside under supervision even from day one, as long as you make sure they don’t get cold and are safe from predators.

      3. Here’s my article about feeding ducklings: https://www.raising-ducks.com/feeding-ducklings/

      4. They need water that is deep enough to dunk their head in. Chick waterers may work for the first few days, but they need some kind of pan or bucket so they can dunk their heads. They are extremely messy with water, so it would be a good idea to build an anti-mess water station. The best one I’ve seen was a wire platform over a bowl, with the waterer on top. All spillage would go through the wire and into the bowl underneath, instead of into the bedding. (Once they move outside, this won’t matter so much.)

      5. Swimming water isn’t absolutely necessary, but it’s nice. As ducklings, you will need to supervise all their swimming sessions. Ducklings CAN drown very easily! When they have a real mother, she can tell them when it’s time to get out, but since you will probably be the mother, you will have to do it for them. Limit baths to once a day and probably no more than 10-15 minutes.

      6. There are many things you’ll need to know, especially once they become adults. Just make sure you research and read as much as you can before you get the ducklings, so you know what you’re doing.

      Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.

      Sincerely,
      Hannah Miller

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