The Saxony Ducks made it into the East German Standards in 1957, West German Standard in 1958, the British Waterfowl Standards in 1982 and the American Standard of Perfection in 2000. Saxony Ducks are called Le Canard de Saxe in France and Sachsen Enten in Germany.
These ducks are not broody and are fairly easy going. The females are quite noisy and it doesn’t take much to get them started. The Saxony is classed as a heavy duck, weighing between seven and eight pounds. It is considered to be beautiful bird suited to both watching and petting. Females will lay 200 or more large white eggs in a year. Both drakes and hens have yellowish bills with orange legs and feet. Drakes resemble a faded Mallard in hue, while females are a light buff color with white streaks on the face with some blueish shading.
Uses: Exhibition and Utility: meat.
Eggs: 100 to 160 Eggs.
Weight: Drake: 8 lbs. Duck: 7 lbs.
Useful to Know: This breed can make a very meaty table bird. The pigeon blue head and wing tips of the drake makes this an attractive looking duck. They were developed in Germany during the 1930’s by using German Pekin, Rouen and Blue Pomeranian ducks. The breed was almost lost during World War II and the breeder, a Mr. Albert Franz had to re-introduce some of the original breeds that were used to create the Saxony ducks in to the few remaining ducks that he found around about 1952.
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.