The native land of the Khaki Campbell breed is England. Adela Campbell brought her out in the 19th century, who started breeding ducks to provide her family with duck meat. She worked to cross the Rouen breed with Indian runners to get individuals with more body weight and good egg laying. As a result, Campbell brought out ducks with a very high egg-laying level, whose feathering resembled the mallard’s uneven coloring.
In 1858 the breed was demonstrated to the public. At that time, the fawn color of the feathers was very popular. In an attempt to reproduce it, Campbell again crossed the resulting breed with Indian runners. As a result, the color came out not quite as expected. The coloring of the birds was similar to the color of the shape of British soldiers, so the new species Adele gave the name Khaki Campbell.
In the USA they were imported in 1929. In 1941 the breed received the Standard of Excellence from the American Poultry Association. For a long time, the Khaki Campbell was not very popular in America. Everything changed in 1970, when after the Vietnam War the country began to revive agriculture. Asian immigrants, who eat duck eggs, started breeding poultry. The number of Khaki Campbell sharply increased due to its import in 1977. There are 4 varieties of their coloring: khaki, white, dark and variegated. However, only the khaki has been recognized by the American Poultry Association.
Appearance of ducks.
The drake of this color has a dark green beak, dark orange feet of rich color and brown eyes. His head, neck top, bottom of back – a wax-brown hue. The feathers of other parts of the body are colored khaki. Ducks have a black-green beak, brown eyes and brown legs. The head, neck and bottom of the back are of a dark chestnut color, other parts of the body have khaki color.
Dark Campbell is a darker version of the khaki coloring. White is grown to participate in exhibitions. These are ducks with snow-white plumage, bright orange legs and beak. Variegated have fawn plumage. The body of the birds is elongated, streamlined with a broad chest. Head small, elongated, neck of medium thickness.
Ducks Khaki-Campbell are relatively light. Live weight of adult individuals is less than that of similar breeds. The weight of adult drakes varies from 2,500 to 3,300 grams, ducks have a smaller mass ranging from 2,200 to 2,500 g. The young grow to 1,250-2,500 grams by four months. The yield of slaughter is 89%.
Duck content and rock characteristics.
The lack of weight is compensated by a large oviposition. For a year, one individual lays 250-340 eggs. Begin to sweep the ducks to 7 months. Nesushki this breed can provide eggs throughout the year. The hatching period lasts 28 days, but the ducklings from the ducks are not very good, so the chicks are mostly received in the incubator. Sexual maturation of young animals comes in 6-7 months.
Ducks of this breed are mobile, energetic. They themselves get their food in meadows and ponds, they cope well with slugs. For their maintenance, more space is needed, since birds are easily excitable. For this reason, the number of flocks should not exceed 200 heads. When they consume a full meal, they behave quite quietly and obediently. They do not fly very well. For this breed, it is preferable to provide a free-range on the pastures. In addition to grass and insects ducks need fertilizing. It is necessary to include in their diet grain, mixed fodder, mineral fodders, mash-ups with the addition of cooked root crops.
Khaki Campbell has proved to be a viable breed. They adapt to arid, humid, harsh natural conditions. This breed is mostly distributed in Europe. Basically, it is bred because of the beauty of the feathers for participating in show-exhibitions.
Duck breed “Khaki Campbell”