Australian Spotted Ducks
Despite its misleading “down under” name, the Australian Spotted Ducks actually originated in the United States. It was developed in the 1920’s by John C. Kriner and Stanley Mason of Pennsylvania with a foundation stock of Call, Mallard, Northern Pintail, and an unidentified wild Australian duck. These breeds were kept together and allowed to interbreed for several generations. The preferred offspring were then selected and bred, thus forming the new breed. In 1990, the Australian Spotted became more readily available to the public but, despite this, its overall numbers are very low.
Along with their diminutive size and delightful plumage, Australian Spotted Ducks have proven to be personable and calm. They are exceptionally hardy and excellent foragers that are a great help in reducing slugs, snails, sow bugs, Japanese beetles, other insect pests in gardens and yards and will eliminate mosquito larvae from ponds and pools.” They are active fliers, but will generally stay close to home; clipping the primary flight feathers of one wing will help ensure this.
The Australian Spotted Ducks are a different type of breed which has its origin in America. It has been found out by researchers that these ducks are an intermediate between Call Ducks and the Mallards and thus sometimes considered as a mixture of these two breeds. Often it is also concluded that they are a wild breed of ducks. Their body color is either grey-white or yellow-white. Based on this, these ducks have dark grey spots or brownish-yellowish spots of colors on their body respectively. The Australian Spotted Ducks are generally short billed and are comparatively lighter in weight than the other breeds of ducks. Like the drakes are about 2-3 pounds in weight and the females are about 1-2 pounds in weight or even less than this. They are found green-headed or silver headed in the whole of the Australia. The striking feature about this breed is that their ducklings take a comparatively shorter period to gain maturity.
Eggs: 60 to 125 Eggs.
Weight: Drake: 2.5 lbs. Duck: 2 lbs.
Colors: White, Colored (markings must be symmetrical).
Useful to Know: Along with their diminutive size and delightful plumage, Australian Spotted Ducks have proven to be personable and calm.
Bantam Ducks are very good garden ducks. Much lighter in weight than the traditional egg-laying and table birds, the bantams can make very good pets. Tight sitters and fair layers, these smaller ducks will make less mess in the garden than Rouens or Indian Runners. If pets and looks are more important than performance, then bantams are a good choice. Bantam ducks are now given a separate category from Call Ducks at the shows since the Calls are so numerous, and now have several standard colors.