This big, colorful, and easily tamed duck was developed by British
waterfowl breeder, Reginald Appleyard in the 1930s. Silver Appleyards
are a true triple-duty breed, combining excellent egg-laying
ability, gourmet quality meat that has less fat than most Pekins,
and splendid ornamental plumage. Typical mature body weights
range between 7 to 10 pounds. This is the best laying large
breed we have found, with annual production being 200 to 270 white
eggs weighing 30 to 44 ounces per dozen. Some females have
good incubation instincts and will hatch eggs if allowed to set in a
safe environment. (Keep in mind that when a bird is allowed to
incubate eggs, her annual egg production is reduced.)
made Silver Appleyards available to the North American public in
1984. Dave wrote the American Poultry Association breed
Standard and they were officially recognized by the APA in 1998.
4-year-old drake in full nuptial plumage is a good example of the
confirmation and plumage pattern and colors of an older Silver
Appleyard drake. Each year as they age, they have a tendency
to develop more silver in their green head plumage, and in some
drakes--such as this one--the chestnut color darkens.
6-month-old drake, in full nuptial plumage, has excellent head
markings. Keep in mind that the silvery white markings on the
throat and face typically increase each year.
very good 4-year-old Silver Appleyard female showing close to ideal
plumage colors and pattern. Note the enlarged wing speculum
that flows up onto her tertial feathers are the nearly white face
and front of neck. This female--as is typical--was paler
colored her first year and had a smaller wing speculum.
Silver Appleyard female with good color and markings. By the
2nd year, the colored portions of her feathers will be richer
colored and her wing speculum will be larger and have more
of Silver Appleyard hatchlings have yellow surface color except for
a mohawk pattern on top of their head and a dark tail, as shown
here. Keep in mind that the head and tail markings in some
Silver Appleyard day-olds are less distinct than the ones in these
Another photo of
distinctively marked Silver Appleyard hatchlings.
Who can resist the charms of these little ones?!
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