|Khaki Campbell Ducks are medium sized ducks and are prolific egg layers. They are khaki brown in color, with drakes sporting a darker head and neck with a greenish sheen. Their eggs are delicious, a bit larger than chicken eggs, and have a fine texture with a pearly white shell. Their meat is leaner than most ducks. They are active birds that forage well and range far across the property.|
Brief History of Khaki Campbell Ducks
The most recognizable characteristic of the Khaki Campbell duck is their impressive egg laying capabilities. Widely considered the most productive egg laying duck, hens have often been recorded to lay more than 300 eggs per year. Not all strains are equally prolific, indeed ducks bred as show birds are frequently unimpressive layers. But ducks from strains selected for egg laying require no special care and will continue to lay eggs long after chickens have ceased for the year. Their eggs are large, have smooth white shells and have a very pleasent, mild flavor.
Khaki Campbells are dual purpose birds. Not only are they tremendous egg layers, the are also very good meat birds, providing 3 to 4 pound roasters at 20 weeks of age.
The breed was developed in England, back in the late 1800s or very, very early 1900s. Their origin is attributed to a Mrs. Adele Campbell who crossed an Indian Runner duck with a Rouen duck. The Indian Runner contibuted egg laying ability, and the Rouen size.
Kacki's are excellent foragers and love to snuffle around in the loose dirt looking for tastey grubs and insects. While they do not require swimming water, they definitely enjoy it. Provide them with a child's wading pool full of fresh water from the hose and they will happily trash around in it playing, bathing, chortling and quacking for hours.
Their brown plumage gives them their khaki moniker, and provides good camouflage. While not particularly good natural parents, their eggs are easy to brood and can be hatched by chickens, turkeys, or in an incubator.
The traits of the Khaki Campbell are numerous and practical. It is easy to see why so many watefowl authorities consider them the ideal duck for the home foe the home flock.