This lovely, pastel German
breed dates back to 1934. In the quarter century that we have
been breeding and studying the Saxony here at The Preservation
Center, we have found that they are the best multi-purpose large
breed duck. They have exquisite plumage, are fast growers,
produce gourmet quality meat, lay large quantities of top quality,
white shelled eggs. (With careful selection of our breeding stock
over the years, annual egg yield per female in our flocks is
currently 200-260.) Due to their plumage color, birds dressed for
meat do not have dark pin feathers.
Two-year-old Saxony Ducks
These elite exhibition
females have the color and markings, confirmation and size (9 pounds
each) desired in this beautiful and useful breed.
Mature Saxony Duck
This Saxony duck was
photographed in the early fall when her plumage was at its richest
hues. She has ideal head and neck markings, and the desired
orange bill and legs. Many Saxony females will develop browner
bills as the laying season progresses.
5-Month-Old Saxony Drake
This massive, young drake
weighs a bit over 10 pounds and has the conformation and colors
described in the American Poultry Association Standard for Saxony
drakes. The silver-gray head and neck on this drake is
actually uniformly colored, but due to the lighting, he appears to
have dark patches in this photo.
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