Day Old Ancona Ducklings
Hatching February to July. Anconas cannot be mixed with other breeds for shipping as they are sourced from a single-breed farm.
Ever since they were featured in Carol Deppe's book, The Resilient Gardener, Ancona ducks are becoming the poster-ducks for the self-reliant lifestyle and are indeed excellent ducks for the sustainable garden, farm, and homestead. This is an extremely hardy, adaptable, and self-sufficient breed. They are excellent foragers and will make very quick work of reducing slug populations.
These spotted ducks all look different with different patterns of spots, so it makes identifying individuals in your flock easy.
Ancona flocks make strong social bonds. There is a high percentage of female-led hierarchy in Ancona duck flocks. This usually means less stress during mating season and more active foraging compared with other duck breeds. In general, the social hierarchy of the flock is not demanding or stressful to flock members. Anconas make good mothers.
Production: Anconas are a great dual-purpose duck. They are excellent layers of jumbo-sized eggs. The eggs are whitish cream, and some have a greenish tint. The Anconas boast a long egg production period and will lay 210 - 280 eggs yearly. Although medium size, their meat is flavorful and of high quality.
Temperament: Anconas are a good backyard choice of duck. They are calm and typically don't wander as long as forage is available. They are also sensible, smart, and savvy ducks, which make them careful and less vulnerable than many other breeds of duck. They do not fly.
History: A contemporary breed – Anconas were developed in Great Britain during the twentieth century and most likely originated from mixes of the Runner duck and Huttegen duck. They only became available in the US recently, in 1984.
Colors: Anconas are white with black spots and splotches, with no pattern to the spots. The spots can occur on feet and beaks as well as on the feathers.
Conservation Status: Critical
Body Type: Anconas are medium-sized ducks, with a stocky build. They have strong feet and legs, and they are slightly large for the size of the body.
Standard Weights: Males can weigh up to 7 lbs; Females 5.5 lbs.
American Poultry Association Class: Not Recognized yet but would be classified as a Medium Duck.