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 Post subject: Profile - Ancona Duck
PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2008 9:18 pm 
Ancona Duck

Anconas are often disregarded by waterfowl breeders because there is little background information for the origins of this wonderful breed. It is believed that they are descended from Huttegem duck,(also the predecessor of the Magpie duck,) with some Runner duck in the genetic makeup of these birds as well.
Anconas can be found in seven distinct varieties. The patch-work in their feathers is similar to the markings of paint horses and Holstein cattle, the more random and broken the pattern, the better marked the specimen is considered to be.
Although these birds have been in the US for at least a couple decades they are not yet accepted by the APA. Several breeders are working on popularizing Anconas in hopes that they may one day soon be added to the Standard.
We find the Ancona to be an excellent dual-purpose bird, they make great farm ducks as well as provide a generous number of eggs for the table. Unlike lighter breeds, the Ancona is a larger duck that provides more meat if you are looking for a bird that can be enjoyed as dinner as well..


Classification: AOV Duck - Medium
Origin: UK
Colours: Black & White, Blue & White, Lavender & White, Silver & White, Chocolate & White and Tri-Colour & White* (*Any bird with white plus two or more colours in the plumage.)

Eggs: They are excellent layers of large eggs ranging in colour from pure white, pale green, grey or buff coloured shells.

Comments:
* In Anconas, more spotting and less patches are preferred. Spots on the bill and feet are also sought after.

Selecting birds:
Ancona Duck Standard
(Medium Weight Breed)

DISQUALIFICATIONS
A bird of any variety not listed as a variety listed for the breed
(See also General and Cutting for Defects.)

STANDARD WEIGHTS
Old Drake ---------- 5 - 6 lbs
Young Drake ---------- 4 - 5 lbs
Old Duck ---------- 5 - 6 lbs
Young Ducks --------- 4 - 6 lbs

SHAPE - DRAKE AND DUCK
Bill: Long, broad, with specks of colour desirable.
Eyes: Large well set. Plumage colour under the eye also desirable.
Head: Long, straight.
Neck: Long, Strong, and slightly arched.
Back: Quite long, somewhat flat along the top line, and broad, plumage colour covering at least 75% of the back is desirable.
Tail: Sex feathers of the drake are to be hard and well curled.
Wings: Strong, carried close to the body, plumage colour desirable on wings.
Breast: Nicely rounded, colour desirable (Swedish bib markings are undesirable for the breed.)
Body: Broad, moderately deep, carriage above horizontal.
Legs and Feet: Set wide apart, feet and toes straight and connected by a web, colour on the legs and feet is very desirable.

Breeding:
When deciding which birds to put into breeding pens together, you should consider the patterns. Overly marked drakes should be put over under marked ducks and under marked drakes with over marked ducks.
We have found that it helps to "randomize" the pattern to a degree when Anconas are bred this way.
Remember! Anconas are still in the developmental stages, don't become discouraged if you don't get what you want in each breeding season. We get a wide range of markings in our hatchlings, as should any flock of Anconas!

Feeding:
As per any medium duck.

Availability:
Not available in Australia as yet.

Exhibition:
Current the above standard is not approved any where on the world, it is more a breeders guide

Internet Links:

Feathersite http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/Duck ... aDuck.html
Ancona Breeders Standard: http://www.geocities.com/jk85rabbit/waterfowl.html
K & S Waterfowl: http://www.geocities.com/kswaterfowl/


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