We offer the
following suggestions to help you make a wise choice in
selecting the breed or breeds that are best suited to your needs.
These recommendations are based on the production records and
characteristics of the world-class strains we raise.
If efficient egg production is your main goal, Campbells,
Harlequins, Hook Bills, and Runners should be given top priority.
Eggs & Meat:
If you want ducks that combine good egg production and large meat
birds of gourmet quality, we recommend Silver Appleyards and
Saxonies. For high egg yields and excellent meat birds of
medium size, Anconas, Harlequins and Magpies are hard to beat.
Campbells, Hook Bills and Runners are lean, high-quality,
medium-small meat birds when butchered in prime condition.
Mosquito & Pest
Control, Pond Clean-up: All duck breeds help eradicate
mosquito larva from waterways; slugs, snails and many insect pests from
gardens; and algae slime and duck weed from ponds. The best
foragers are Campbells, Harlequins, Hook Bills, Runners, and the various bantam duck breeds we raise. In
general, Appleyards (large), Cayugas and Saxony will do a good job,
but do not cover such a large area and stay closer to home.
All breeds are used successfully to control grasses and some broad
leaves. If soil compaction is an issue, avoid the heaviest
Geese in General:
Choose the breed you're most attracted to. After raising all
breeds over the course of 47 years, we've found that in most cases
personality and temperament depend more on the individual bird and
its environment than on the breed. To reduce the likelihood of
aggressive behavior at maturity, we've found it helpful to work
calmly around geese of all ages, to never tease them, and to not feed them from the
showing, order Show Quality day-olds or adults out of our special
exhibition matings. Birds from our stock are winning major
awards in Canada, Europe and the U.S., including Reserve Bird In
Show at the 2005 Joint American Poultry Association-American Bantam
Association National with 2800 entries and Best
In show at the 2006 Joint National with 11,640 entries.
Remember, not every offspring from even the best stock develop into
show specimens. A good rule of thumb is to raise 2 to 3 young
for every show bird desired.