Things to know about Khaki Campbells!!
All the Campbell Ducks I have, are Pedigreed English Khaki Campbell Ducks, from Holerreads' Waterfowl Farm & Preservation Center of Oregon, purchased in the Spring of 2002. This flock has the best of both light and dark varities.
Dark Khaki Campbells ducks are used as Show Quality Ducks, these are handsome and even elegant (like my Afflac Drake)! The Dark Khaki Campbell duck hen's egg production is very good, but not as good as the light Khaki Campbell duck hen.
Light Khaki Campbells duck hens are High Egg Production Ducks, these don't stop producing quality eggs year round. Some lay as much as 357 eggs in 365 days. All this winter(2003), in the severe freezing cold we suffered, but my light Khaki campbell hens did not stop laying!
Khaki Campbell ducks lay white eggs, that average 28 to 32 ounces per dozen, with egg production that typically starts at 17 to 22 weeks of age, depending upon the percentage of protein in their feed. And, they can continue to lay this way for over 4 years. Dark Khakis are heavier and a few inches taller than Light Khakis. Both male and female of both types end up being between 4 to 5 pounds at maturity.
It's easy to see why Holderreads' Pedigreed English Khaki Campbell Ducks are the finest laying stock available.
In phone conversations with Dave Holderread, he shared with me on how to breed the Best Quality Show Drake or Duck Hen.
After raising my group of Holderread Khakis, I've also learned how to sight sex them, and pick out the light from the dark, while still 1 to 3 weeks old. (You will find this information in "Egg & Duckling Help!", the link is listed at the bottom is this page.)
I had such a great time raising my group last year. I have even learned a few tricks that have helped train them: to make them think I was their mother duck, and to teach them their names, so they will always come to me. The latter part takes time and patents, but I've done it over and over again with every group I've raised, and even with adults, that were given to me, I was able to teach them their names. This is stuff I never found in any book on ducks.
Ducks are funny, silly, and goofy animals, they have cheered me up many times and get me laughing very quickly. But, I love raising ducklings, best of all.
At any age they make lots of mess, I find, I don't mind cleaning it up, beause I love them more than any mess they could make.
Oh, of all the different Khaki Campbells that I have raised, this group seems to always be nervous, more than the other Khakis. BUT, the egg production is so incredible. Experts contribute the high egg production to the fact that they are so nervous.
I have one precautionary recommendation for this breed, particularly for this strain of early maturing Khaki Campbells. That is to separate any male that seem to have problems retracting his 'you know what' after mating. I had one such male, and I thought he would out grow the problem. It continued to get worse, then the other ducks would bite and pull at it, as if it were a worm. I nearly lost him, because it got infection. I was told that this is a rare case, maybe 1 in a 100. Never the less, I've concluded, that if I had only separated that male from the rest of the flock (when I first spoted the problem), he would have developed properly in 2 or 3 months, and then he could be added back to the flock. With no problems. If you want to know more about it, it's called, "Phallus Prostration".
I hope, all this information can help you in the pursuit of the perfect Khaki Campbell!