Blue Swedish Ducks
The Blue Swedish Ducks originate from the baltic shores of Germany and Poland where it was bred as a slow maturing, heavy meat breed. It entered the British Standards in 1982 but was admitted to the American Standard of perfection much earlier in 1904. Swedish Blue ducks are a relatively popular breed of duck. Swedish population of Swedish Blue duck consists of 163 breeding animals only. It is considered to be an endangered breed. This breed of duck is listed as watch by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.
Although Blue is the only standardized color – the Swedish will always produce a certain percentage of black and silver offspring. These beautiful birds have a striking appearance with wonderful black heads, white bibs and a lovely light blue body. Their blue color apparently makes it difficult for predators to see them but in reality these ducks stand out beautifully in any garden. They have a calm disposition and are active foragers. They are quite a noisy breed. The females have a loud yelling type quack, whereas the males have a low pitched tone but can raise the loudness of their quack to rival the females.
Uses: Exhibition, Utility: meat.
Eggs: 80 to 150 White Eggs.
Origin: Germany / Poland.
Weight: Drake: 8 lbs. Duck: 7 lbs.
Colors: Blue (Standardized), Black also exists.
Useful to Know: Blue is not a true color, it is a dilution of black. A blue to blue mating will produce 50% Blue, 25% Black and 25% Splash in the offspring. Blue Swedish should always have a white bib.
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.