Thursday, July 31, 2014

Raising Welsh Harlequin Ducklings- Week 22 The Duck Are Laying Eggs- Beginning of Doug's Ducks

Raising Welsh Harlequin Ducklings- Week 22 The Duck Are Laying Eggs- 

The Beginning of Doug's Ducks

On July 28th, 2014 the Welsh Harlequin Ducks started laying eggs, at which point Doug's Ducks was started. 

Doug's Ducks is a small Welsh Harlequin Duck farm located in West Greenwich, RI. 

Raising Welsh Harlequin Ducklings


On March 3, 2014 my Welsh Harlequin Ducklings hatched at Metzer Farms and arrived at my house on March 5, 2014. To view the Raising Welsh Harlequin Ducklings from the start- Arrival Day Click Here

The Welsh Harlequin is a fairly new breed, developed by Leslie Bonnett in Wales from two off-colored Khaki Campbell ducklings in 1949. They came to the United States in 1968 and were accepted into the American Poultry Association in 2001 in the Light Duck class. They are becoming a very popular breed due to their multipurpose characteristics. They have excellent egg production abilities due to their Khaki Campbell background yet retain the instinct to sit and hatch a nest full of ducklings. They are calm, inquisitive and excellent foragers. They seem to be the calmest bird on our farm.

They can also make an outstanding dressed bird as their under-feathers are almost exclusively white making their carcass as pretty as a pure white bird. Interestingly, they can be sexed after hatching with 90% accuracy by their bill color. Darker bills mean a male and lighter bills ending in a dark spot are normally females. Within several days this distinction disappears. They are also a beautiful bird, especially the feather patterns and colors on the adult females.









Our Mission: At Doug’s Ducks our mission is simple: To provide wholesome naturally raised free-range duck and chickens to local consumers and businesses.