Buff Orpington Ducks
The Buff Orpington Ducks are a breed of Domestic duck. It is a dual-purpose breed used for meat and egg production. It is capable of laying up to 220 eggs a year. Originally created by William Cook of Orpington, Kent, UK, from the selection of mis-marked Blue Orpington Ducks; Cook was also the developer of the Buff Orpington Chicken. The Buff Orpington Ducks were introduced to the public at the Dairy Show, the Agricultural Hall (q.v.), Islington, London in October 1897. It is considered a threatened breed by the ALBC. This breed was admitted to the British Poultry Standard in 1910 and the American Poultry Associations Standard of Perfection as the ‘Buff Duck’ in the Medium class in 1914. The Orpington duck is available in 3 color varieties: Buff, Blond and Brown. The Buff Orpington is an unstable color due to a blue dilution gene which means that from the offspring, all 3 color variations will appear.
The Buff has much to offer the breeder who is looking for an attractive, dual-purpose bird. It is a good layer, typically laying about 150-220 eggs per year, and it gains weight relatively rapidly, making it ready for market within 8-10 weeks. Many consider the Buff a good meat bird that dresses out well because its light pin feathers do not show on the plucked carcass. Despite this, Buff numbers languished when industry growers followed consumer interest in cheap meat and focused attention on the faster growing PekinÂ even though many believe it to be less tasty.
Eggs: 220 Eggs.
Weight: Drake: 7 lbs, Duck: 8 lbs.
Colors: Buff, Blond and Brown.
Useful to Know: The Buff has much to offer the breeder who is looking for an attractive, dual-purpose bird.
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.