Four Threatened Duck Breeds

Silver Appleyard, Saxony, Buff Orpington, and Magpie Duck

Four Threatened Duck Breeds
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 6 minutes I first became aware of rare duck breeds and endangered domestic animals when I was a teenager. I was gifted Storey’s Guide to Raising Ducks from an acquaintance at a pet store that I frequented. This book, written by champion breeder Dave Holderread, made my passion for raising rare duck breeds into an obsession. My parents’ one-acre property which started off with a shed and three English call ducks, quickly grew into hundreds of ducks, geese, and chickens inhabiting multiple sheds. Many of which were rare and purchased directly from Dave Holderread. In the 1920s, mechanization of farms led to the poultry industry narrowing their interest to a few specialized hybrids which could produce a lot of meat and eggs with the biggest ROI. This regrettably led to the demise of various rare duck breeds and other niche historical livestock. How Are Rare

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