The Ancona Ducks are a breed of domestic duck. These rare ducks are considered to be a descendant of the Indian Runner Duck and the Belgian Huttegem Duck breeds. Anconas were developed in England during the early 20th century, but were not available in the United States until 1984. Even though their numbers have increased in the U.S., the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, in their 2000 census of domestic waterfowl in North America, listed the Ancona’s status as “critical”. Just like most other domestic ducks, the Anconas are a flightless duck, so they don’t migrate. They are fairly calm animals and make good pond, yard, and breeding birds.
Ancona Ducks have an oval head, and a slightly concave length bill, with green specks, as well as plumage under the eyes. They have medium-length necks shaped like an S that is smaller at the top with a wider bottom. As ducklings they are yellow with spots or speckles, and as adults are white with “Pinto” markings (no two animals have the same pattern). They come in a variety of colors including: Black and White, Blue and White, Chocolate and White, Silver and White, Lavender and White, and Tri-colored. Most common is black and white. Their bills and feet are orange, and may also be spotted.
Uses: Exhibition, Utility: meat.
Eggs: 210-280 White Eggs.
Weight: Drake: 6 lb, Duck: 6 lb.
Useful to Know: They tend to be excellent foragers, and if allowed will augment their diet with greens, slugs, insects and other arthropods.
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.