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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 1:47 pm 
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Campbell Duck

Well, if you love the Campbell, you can thank Mrs Adele Campbell of Uley, Gloucestershire, Britain who introduced this breed in 1901. She wanted a breed for laying white eggs, that was not broody, reluctant to fly off and reacted nearer to a fowl. It was bred from the Mallard; Fawn and White Runner and Rouen. From the Khaki, soon after the white variety came as a sport. Then the Dark Campbell was created by a Mr H R S Humphreys in Devon, Britain. They were then 1st entered in the American Standards in 1941, and then to Australia not long after.
Origin- Britain

Colours- Khaki is the most popular, and then the Dark which is becoming more popular in time and the White variety also exist, but are very few and far between.

Eggs- Pearl White

Comments- They are excellent layers, and astonishing records have been listed. When in prime condition, they are a lovely duck to look at, especially on a carpet of green grass. They make excellent backyard pets as they are excellent foragers, keeping gardens and ponds free of snails, slugs and worms. They mix well with chickens, and are very adaptable. Don’t worry about this breed of duck flying away, as they are unable to take full flight.

Cost-
Good, healthy, show quality birds from an excellent line can be a decent price, but it does vary, and for backyard pets of the Khaki variety are much cheaper and affordable and can be obtained at markets etc.

Classification- Light Breed.

Exhibition- Khaki Drake- basically there must be an even shade of warn khaki throughout. The drake has the green bronze head, neck, rump and band on wings. Legs and feet are dark orange and bill colour is greenish blue. (The darker the better). Brown Eyes.
Khaki Duck- Also an even shade of warm Khaki throughout, but the head and neck appear a slightly darker shade. Breast is lightly laced on a close look. Back is laced and the wings are a sound Khaki top and under. Bill is greenish to slaty black, with brown eyes and legs and feet that are as near to the body colour as possible.

Dark Drake- The head and neck is beetle-green, with the shoulders, breast, underparts and flank are light brown, with each feather finely edged with grey-brown. Tail coverts are a beetle-green with a purplish tinge/reflections. Tail feathers are dark grey-brown. Wings have the purplish-green band across there, with a thin light grey band on each side. The wing bows are dark grey-brown edged with light brown. Flights and secondaries are dark brown. The bill is bluish-green with black bean, and brown eyes. Legs and Feet are bright orange.
Dark Duck- Head and neck are a dark brown colour, with the shoulders, breast and flank are light brown, but each feather has a broad dark brown pencilling. Towards the stern of the bird, the plumage is brown, and with lighter outer lacing, followed by the beetle green feathers at the rump. Back and wing bow must be dark brown, with lighter brown lacing. Wing bar is the same as the drake for the duck, but less lustrous. Tail, Flights and secondaries are dark brown. Bill is slaty brown with a black bean, and brown eyes. Legs and webs are as near to the body colour as possible.

White Drake & Duck- Plumage is pure whit throughout with the bill, legs and webs orange, and having blue-grey eyes.

Serious Defects:- coarseness, any deformities, yellow bills and white on plumage on the coloured variety (khaki &dark). For finer details….see your standards.

Selecting Birds- For Exhibition, Select birds with a sleek, tight and silky appearance, with good quality and refinement, and with a body carriage between the runner and call ducks. Coloured varieties should have no white in their plumage, nor yellow bills, coarseness or any deformities. On the other hand, aim for medium length slender necks, refined heads with medium length bills, which are set in a straight line with the top of the skull, with wide, deep yet compact bodies. (see standards for more details). When buying also look for active/alert healthy, vigorous birds, they are good egg layers with no deformities.
Rarity- The Khaki is not rare in any way shape or form. That variety is often seen on the show bench and in the garden as a backyard pet. The Dark variety is next in common, but still not as near as popular as the Khaki. Then finding breeders of White variety are very few and far between.

Breeding- They are pretty useless sitters and mothers. So for breeding, an incubator or a bantam Chook/duck would be in your best interests. Incubation is 28 days. Also, due to the energy of the drakes, (khaki in particular), they are best kept in a trio or more.

Feeding- Due to them being a medium sized duck, they eat an average amount of food, not as much as Muscovys of course, and more than Mallards and Calls.

Bantams- There are no bantams known to exist in Australia, and are not known to the APA.

Links-
Forum- http://gallery.backyardpoultry.com/showgallery.php?cat=555

Internet Links-
http://www.domestic-waterfowl.co.uk/campbell.htm
http://www.ashtonwaterfowl.net/khaki_campbell.htm http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/Ducks/Campbells/BRKKhakis.html
http://www.albc-usa.org/cpl/waterfowl/campbell.html
http://www.berigorafarm.com.au/berigora%20farm.htm


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Thank you for doing this profile. :D


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My pleasure. Good to get some positve feedback thx.
I hope I have done an ok job on them.


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This excellent information, thank you very much.
I breed a small amount of chickens in my backyard & I just bought a doz Khaki Campbell duck eggs and I am going to try and incubate them, so this profile was great to learn about the Khaki duck.


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Excellent profile.

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Very nicely written; informative without going overboard, but not dry or boring. I love the tone of affection throughout!!

Now I want some ducks :)


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I think it is great. Not boring as some has said, well written and informs people.

Just a thought, maybe a picture on the profile aswell as links? :mrgreen:

I want ducks aswell now :biggrin:

cheers, :thumbs:
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great profile, well done :D

some really great info

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