Silver Appleyard Miniature Ducks
The Silver Appleyard Miniature ducks originate from Folly Farm in Gloucestershire where it was created as a bantam version of the Silver Appleyard during the late 1980’s by Tom Bartlett. Folly Farm kept 130 breeds of poultry for display to the public and was also instrumental in reviving the heavier Silver Appleyard (originally created by Reginald Appleyard). Reginald Appleyard did create a “Silver Appleyard bantam” however the colors were not the same as the Silver Appleyard, they were far closer to the Abacot Ranger.
They are in the bantam duck classification but strictly speaking a miniature is a duck (or chicken) that has a larger counterpart while a bantam has no large counterpart.
Uses: Exhibition / Ornamental.
Eggs: 60 to 160 Eggs.
Origin: Gloucestershire, U.K.
Weight: Drake: 3 lbs. Duck: 2.5 lbs.
Useful to Know: An attractive ornamental duck that looks good in the garden, has character and tames easily.
As well as being good looking it is also a hardy and lively breed and a good layer. Although obviously a small carcase, as a table bird it is meaty and compact so it is useful for back yard or smallholding purposes. It’s a good garden bird (though it will still eat young plants!) and likes to forage on slugs and snails. They are determined sitters and love to raise a family so if its eggs you want, you’ll need to be strict about collecting every day. It’s an easy breeder of strong ducklings. Keep a breeding trio for best results.
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.