Silver Bantam Ducks
The Silver Bantam Ducks were originally created by Reginald Appleyard and originally called the Silver Appleyard Bantam. It was created in the 1940’s by crossing a White Call drake to a small utility Khaki Campbell duck. The name change occurred as it did not have the same colors as the Silver Appleyard and looked more like a bantam version of the Abacot Ranger having descended from similar birds (a white drake and Khaki Campbell duck). Tom Bartlett of Folly Farm in Gloucestershire took a Silver Appleyard and miniaturized it to create a correctly colored Silver Appleyard Miniature duck in the late 1980’s and the old Silver Appleyard Bantam became the Silver Bantam.
Uses: Exhibition / Ornamental.
Eggs: 60 to 160 Eggs.
Origin: Suffolk, U.K.
Weight: Drake: 2 lbs. Duck: 1.5 lbs.
Useful to Know: Visually, these ducks look very much like a bantam version of the Abacot Ranger. They were standardized in Britain in 1982 as the Silver Appleyard Bantam and then as the Silver Bantam in 1997 when the Silver Appleyard Miniature was standardized.
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.