Welsh Harlequin Ducks
They are an endangered heritage breed.
The Welsh Harlequin duck was developed by Leslie Bonnett in Wales from two off-colored Khaki Campbell ducklings back in 1949. There are two variations of Welsh Harlequins: Silver and Gold.
Silver phase Welsh Harlequins were accepted into the American Poultry Association in 2001 as a Light Duck. Welsh Harlequins are great for egg production and have strong mothering instincts. They are curious ducks with a calm demeanor. They excel and foraging and do not leave any leaf unturned while looking for snacks.
Welsh Harlequins have white under feathers so as a meat bird they produce nice white carcasses They can be sexed after hatching with 90% accuracy by their bill color. Darker bills mean a male and lighter bills ending in a dark spot are normally females. However this distinction fades within the first few days of life.
Our drakes and most of our females are Silver. We do have four Gold phase females so our ducklings are likely carriers of that color gene.
Weight: 5-5.5 pounds
Eggs: 240-330 per year