The Magpie Ducks originate from Wales, it was developed by Rev. G. Williams and O. Drake shortly after the First World War, possibly from an old Belgian Huttegem breed that looks remarkably similar in appearance from old paintings at that time. The Magpie duck is similar in size and shape as the Khaki Campbell. They are predominantly white but have two areas of black plumage a ‘cap’ on the top of the head and patch on the back. The black ‘cap’ becomes flecked with white as the bird ages and some even turn completely white.
Despite the difficulties in producing good markings, the Magpie Ducks are easy to keep. They are good layers at up to 200 mainly white but sometimes blue or green eggs per year and their compact bodies make them suitable as a table bird. Friendly and domesticated, they can make good family pets although their alertness and love of foraging can make them appear flighty. They can fly over low heights but are not good flyers. Magpie Ducks as pets can be known to be friendly. This depends on the way you raise your duck. More affection and holding of your duck will probably result in a friendlier duck. It also depends on the personality although it might be the same breed personality and temperament can only be judged in the higher average but there is no telling that the duck may be friendly.
Uses: Exhibition, Utility: meat.
Eggs: 80 to 180 Eggs.
Origin: Wales, U.K.
Weight: Drake: 6 lbs. Duck: 5.5 lbs.
Colors: Black & White, Blue & White, Chocolate & White, Dun & White.
Useful to Know: Color patterns of ducklings do not change as they get older which allows early selection of the best marked birds.
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.