The latest news at the Urban Homestead is that some baby ducklings have landed!
So, you know what that means… nobody is doing any work and everyone is spending far too much time making googly-eyes at the little floof-balls. Jordanne, camera in hand, will be working on a film short of raising ducklings that will (hopefully) be published soon on Youtube. But in the meantime, I’m here to provide some FAQs!
Q. WHY KHAKI CAMPBELLS?
A.Campbell ducks are small, personable and easy to handle which makes them a perfect asset for a small urban homestead.
Q. ARE THEY LOUD?
A. No, only when excited, scared, while being fed, or when begging for treats! They are normally very quiet with often a soft chattering sound or gentle grunts. Khaki Campbells are also known for being one of the quieter breeds of ducks.
Q. DO THEY SMELL AND ARE THEY MESSY?
A. Ducks can be messy if they are not managed properly. They enjoy shoveling their food around and splashing water. They also extremely enjoy mud. So a little ingenuity is all that it takes to make clean up easy. Because ducks drink so much water, their manure is fairly diluted and is easily absorbed into the mulch or bedding spread in their coop. Sometimes a hose and a rake is all that is need for daily maintenance.
Q. HOW MANY EGGS DO YOU GET?
Campbell Ducks were bred to be exceptional egg layers. A Campbell’s prolific egg laying capabilities are one of its most recognizable characteristics. Widely considered to be the most productive laying duck, hens have been consistently recorded to lay an average of 350 eggs per year. You can usually expect one egg a day from each duck although occasionally they will take a rest and skip a day.
Q. DO DUCK EGGS TASTE DIFFERENT?
Khaki Campbell eggs are large, have smooth white, sometimes greenish shells and a more intense flavor. Cooking with duck eggs doesn’t call for major revision in recipes or in technique but, because they have more fat and more albumen (the protein in the white) than chicken eggs, they have more structure when cooked. For this reason, many people prefer duck eggs for baking as the extra protein creates additional loft in cakes. But since the deep yellow yolks are so rich, baked goods may also be richer with duck eggs. Duck eggs cook a bit faster than chicken eggs when hardboiled and when scrambled, they are firmer in texture. You can freely substitute duck eggs for chicken eggs in cakes, cookies, and breads.
Q. DO THEY NEED A POND?
A. Campbell’s are primarily land ducks. They do not require large amounts of swimming water to keep healthy as most other breeds do but they definitely enjoy playing or taking a bath in small trays of water.
Q. DO THEY FLY?
A. Domesticated ducks have been bred in captivity for hundreds of years, making their body weight too heavy to allow flight.
Q. CAN YOU TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE KHAKI CAMPBELL BREED?:
A. Khaki Campbell’s originated in England, developed in 1901 by a Ms. Adele Campbell of Uley, Gloucestershire. Khaki Campbell’s are a cross between Indian Runner, Mallard, and Rouen, effectively combining egg laying capability and a medium sized bird.
Have questions? Send them to me