The Bali Ducks are one of the oldest breeds of domestic duck. It is uncommon outside of Bali, and has not achieved the same success as the Indian Runner. Although it is a good layer, it has not been the subject of selective breeding for egg production (as the Indian Runner has), possibly because of the high in ovo mortality rate. The same gene responsible for producing the crest codes for a number of defects including back and balance problems, arched necks and complications in the formation of the skull that lead to death before hatching. On average one of every three offspring will lack the crest. The method routinely used in Bali for producing the largest number of viable ducks is to cross crested and non-crested specimens – this results in a higher survival rate, but reduces the number of crested offspring to 50%.
Despite its wonderful appearance, it is a very practical bird to keep as it is an excellent forager so needs a good size to roam orchard or paddock and it is a very good egg layer. It’s an excellent pest controller for the garden but also likes to eat plants so choose the time you allow it access to the plot after harvest is a good time and winter. It flocks well so you can drive it from field to house and it doesn’t fly. The only problem is that as with all crested ducks, breeding can be more challenging in hatching and producing crested ducks. Probably worth contacting waterfowl clubs and societies for help and advice in this respect.
Uses: Exhibition, Utility: eggs.
Eggs: 140 to 200 Blue to Green Eggs.
Origin: Bali, East of Java.
Weight: Drake: 6 lbs. Duck: 5.5 lbs.
Colors: Brown, Wild Mallard and White.
Useful to Know: The gene that creates the crest is believed to be lethal when identical alleles of the gene are present on both chromosomes. Bali ducks are active ducks, like Indian Runners.
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.