Backyard Poultry Forum • View topic - Appleyard Ducks - now with photos

Backyard Poultry Forum

Chickens, waterfowl & all poultry - home of exhibition & backyard poultry in Australia & New Zealand
Login with a social network:
It is currently Fri Oct 03, 2014 3:27 am

All times are UTC + 10 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 16 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next
Author Message
PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 9:31 am 
Offline
Showy Hen
Showy Hen
User avatar

Joined: Wed Nov 12, 2008 1:26 pm
Posts: 167
Location: Elong Elong, NSW
Hello everyone!

Just before christmas I was visiting family in Victoria, and we bought 4 ducks from a lady down there. We got 1 Elizabeth duckling, and 3 Appleyard ducklings. She said that all the parents of these ducklings are show quality, as she bought them from some big shows in the area.

I didn't know much about these breeds (if anything!!), so I was trying to do some research on the internet about Appleyard ducks, and all I can find is Silver Appleyards. Now the ducklings I got are dark brown, with light gold/brown lacing on their feathers. None of them are the creamy/fawn colour. At this stage their wing feathers haven't fully grown in, so I can't see if there is any of the rich purple/blue colour on them.

Just wanting to know if I have been duped, or if there is such a thing as an Appleyard duck in the dark colour.

Btw, I'm 90% sure they are all female as I had a go at sexing them. It was my first attempt, so I could have gotten it wrong, but I didn't see any evidence that they might have been male. Also, none of them have the dark green feathering on their heads.

We also bought two ducks from the local auction on Sunday, and I'm pretty sure they are also Appleyards. One looks almost identical to the three we bought from Victoria, and one has the Silver Appleyard colouring.

I can post some pictures tomorrow if that would help.

Cheers,

Titan

P.S. for those who remember my posts a few months ago about my Bali Duck, I just wanted to let you know she died from a fox attack the week before christmas. The nasty things just bit her on the neck, and left her there.... At least we could bury her. RIP Bali....

_________________
6 chickens, 1 rooster, 1 Bali duck, 3 Muscovys and lotsa babies!


Last edited by Titan on Tue Feb 03, 2009 7:39 am, edited 1 time in total.

Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Appleyard Ducks
PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:08 pm 
Offline
Dapper Duck
Dapper Duck

Joined: Sat Feb 16, 2008 1:38 pm
Posts: 47
Silverappleyard ducks come in large and bantam . I breed the bantams . Put on some photos or go to the www.seqwa.net and look at the picture there .


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Appleyard Ducks
PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 9:28 pm 
Offline
Wise One
Wise One

Joined: Wed Nov 28, 2007 1:32 pm
Posts: 2552
Location: Murwillumbah NSW
Hi Titan,
Sorry about your Bali duck she was very pretty :upset:
We'd love to see pictures of your ducklings.
Kylie


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Appleyard Ducks
PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 10:49 am 
Offline
Showy Hen
Showy Hen
User avatar

Joined: Wed Nov 12, 2008 1:26 pm
Posts: 167
Location: Elong Elong, NSW
Here are some photos... Sorry it took me so long!!

Image
The duck in the Background is one I bought locally and I am hoping it is a Silver Appleyard, and the duck in the foreground is also supposed to be a silver appleyard. It is still young, and hasnt even got all its wing feathers as yet. It is a drake.

Image
The duck in the foreground is a drake, and he is the one I want to keep. His wing feathers are starting to come through the nice creamy/fawn colour similar to the female duck in the background.

Image
The two ducks in the front are the silver appleyards. The one on the right is the same drake that was in the first photo. The one on the left is a female.

So, back to my original question... Will they eventually come through with lighter colouring, or am I stuck with them as they are?

Thanks so much!

Titan

_________________
6 chickens, 1 rooster, 1 Bali duck, 3 Muscovys and lotsa babies!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Appleyard Ducks
PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 1:25 pm 
Offline
Champion Bird
Champion Bird
User avatar

Joined: Wed May 10, 2006 8:51 pm
Posts: 921
Location: Dandenong Ranges, Melbourne
With the coloured wingbars coming through, they look like an Appleyard x Khaki Campbell cross.
The one lighter coloured bird has the wrong bill colour to be an Appleyard and is too big to be an Elizabeth.

Have a look in the BYP gallery for correct looking Silver Appleyards and Elizabeth ducks.

Jacquie


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Appleyard Ducks
PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 5:09 pm 
Offline
Great Game
Great Game
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jan 23, 2009 7:20 pm
Posts: 1400
hi, even if they are X breeds they would still taste great :lol: :lol:

Regards David

_________________
Bantam Saxony
Lavender Muscovy


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Appleyard Ducks
PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 5:14 pm 
Offline
Gallant Game
Gallant Game
User avatar

Joined: Tue Mar 04, 2008 11:00 pm
Posts: 547
Location: South East Queensland
You can also view this for further info....
viewtopic.php?f=16&t=7969710


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Appleyard Ducks
PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 7:38 am 
Offline
Showy Hen
Showy Hen
User avatar

Joined: Wed Nov 12, 2008 1:26 pm
Posts: 167
Location: Elong Elong, NSW
Thanks for the replies so far,

Titan

_________________
6 chickens, 1 rooster, 1 Bali duck, 3 Muscovys and lotsa babies!


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 5:25 pm 
Offline
Clever Cockerel
Clever Cockerel
User avatar

Joined: Thu Jan 31, 2008 7:02 am
Posts: 1577
Location: Warrnambool.Victoria
Yep I agree they are not silver appleyards or elizabeth I think also khaki crosses and the lighter one to me looks like it will be a drake.
Regards John [Bluey]

_________________
orpingtons, anconas, speckled sussex,dark campbells,Silkies,muscovies,Light sussex bantams & standards, rir's,salmon faverolles,australorpes,gold spangled hamburgs, silver spangled hamburgs, gold pencilled wyandottes,pekins,& Indian runner ducks.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:03 pm 
Offline
Showy Hen
Showy Hen

Joined: Thu Jan 03, 2008 5:28 pm
Posts: 102
at best the pale one you got from the market looks like a welsh harlequin. the only one that looks like it could be pure appleyard is the drake? with the half orangish bill. did tou see the ladies other ducks?


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 9:37 am 
Offline
Showy Hen
Showy Hen
User avatar

Joined: Wed Nov 12, 2008 1:26 pm
Posts: 167
Location: Elong Elong, NSW
The drake with the orange-ish bill is supposed to be a karkhi campbell...

This is just way too confusing for me. Lol.

Why can't ducks just be what they are supposed to be! I guess thats what you get when you buy without knowledge.

_________________
6 chickens, 1 rooster, 1 Bali duck, 3 Muscovys and lotsa babies!


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 2:00 pm 
Offline
Wise One
Wise One

Joined: Wed Nov 28, 2007 1:32 pm
Posts: 2552
Location: Murwillumbah NSW
Oh.....isn't it frustrating when you buy something that turns out to be not what you bought it as :aaargh:
You definitely aren't the first and you won't be the last. It's happened to me too!!

All the brown coloured ducklings will be pretty but are not silver appleyards and will not change to the lighter colour that you were hoping, they will always be basically brown.

The lighter one (the one in the first photo, at the back) will be very attractive regardless of it's breed. If it is a male it should end up with the greeny/black head.
As it ages it will look very impressive.

Have you figured out what sex they all are yet?
You should be able to hear the difference between the males and females by now.
The females will quack loudly and be a definite quack sound.
Males sound different, croakier.
Search for info on duck sexing and you should find some good info.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 9:35 am 
Offline
Showy Hen
Showy Hen
User avatar

Joined: Wed Nov 12, 2008 1:26 pm
Posts: 167
Location: Elong Elong, NSW
Thanks Booth!

Yeah I had a go at sexing them all a few weeks ago. They are about 50/50 male to female. This forum was a great source on info for sexing them. It was great, I'd chase them down, and I could instantly tell once I had them whether they were male or female from their quack, but I also had a go at vent sexing them so I'd know what it all looked like for when I want to sex little ducklings.


At the end of the day I am annoyed that they are not what I bought, but they are still nice looking ducks which I'm happy to keep. I might have to sell on a couple of the drakes though.

Thanks everyone for your replies!

Titan

_________________
6 chickens, 1 rooster, 1 Bali duck, 3 Muscovys and lotsa babies!


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 2:29 pm 
Offline
Proud Rooster
Proud Rooster

Joined: Fri Feb 01, 2008 6:04 pm
Posts: 251
Location: Caboolture, SE Queensland
i bought some ducklings from a pet shop. They told me they were mallards. Turned out to be the best muscovies I ever had!


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:07 pm 
Offline
Great Game
Great Game
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jan 23, 2009 7:20 pm
Posts: 1400
candijane wrote:
i bought some ducklings from a pet shop. They told me they were mallards. Turned out to be the best muscovies I ever had!



:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

_________________
Bantam Saxony
Lavender Muscovy


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 16 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next

All times are UTC + 10 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group
©2004-2014 Backyardpoultry.com. Content rights reserved
freestone