Abacot Ranger Ducks
The Abacot Ranger Ducks (also known as the Hooded Range in America, Streicherente in Germany and Eastern Europe and Le Canard Streicher in France) was created in Colchester in the County of Essex, U.K. from 1917 to 1922 by Oscar Gray of Abacot Duck Ranch. He used sports from Khaki Campbells and a White Indian Runner Drake to create the breed. They were a popular utility duck supplying meat and eggs but became less popular in the UK and if it wasn’t for the work done in Germany by H. Lieker who stabilized the color, they could have possibly been lost. The British Waterfowl Association standardized these ducks in 1987. They are a fairly large duck that rarely flies so can be kept in using a fairly low fence within the garden assuming the garden is safe from predators like foxes.
Uses: Utility: meat, eggs
Eggs: Up to 180 White Eggs.
Origin: Colchester, Essex, U.K.
Weight: Drake: 6.5 lbs, Duck: 5.5 lbs.
Useful to Know: Genetically silver ducks like the Abacot Ranger have two kinds of plumage: Nuptial (during the breeding season) and Eclipse (outside of the breeding season). Ducks look darker in Eclipse. The Abacot Ranger Ducks are a breed of domestic duck, sometimes also known as the Hooded Ranger and Streicher. A utility breed, originally developed for eggs and meat, it is popular for exhibition and egg production today.
Abacot Rangers are reasonable egg layers. They lay a fairly large white egg (about the size of an Indian Runner egg). Good utility strains lay around 180 to 200 eggs per year. During the 1922 egg laying trials at Wye College, they achieved from 4 ducks an average of 233.75 eggs per duck and came first in the trials.
Abacot Rangers look similar to Campbell ducks but are a bigger build so can be useful for the table.
A friendly duck that can become quite tame. Plumage changes color between nuptial during the breeding season and the more ‘camouflage’ eclipse at other times.
Domesticated ducks are raised for meat, eggs, exhibition, pets and down. All varieties of domesticated ducks are descended from the mallard, apart from the Muscovy duck, which seems to be a breed of it’s own.