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Silver Appleyard Ducks

Appleyard Ducks
Breed History; . . . The Silver Appleyard was developed in Britain during the 1930s and '40s by Reginald Appleyard, a well known writer and breeder of domesticwaterfowl. He was trying to produce "The Ideal Duck" for both egg; meat and exhibition purposes. Created  on his farm called “Priory Waterfowl Farm” at Ixworth near Bury St. Edmonds in Suffolk in the 1930’s. He managed to create this heavy breed that by 9 weeks old could produce a 3 Kg table bird (plucked) with an excellent meat to bone ratio but also one that was capable of laying a good number of large white eggs. After the Second World War, Silver Appleyard ducks became very rare as the interest in poultry declined in Britain. Tom Bartlett who ran Folly Farm in Gloucestershire and kept 130 breeds of poultry for display to the public was instrumental in reviving the Appleyard during the late 1980’s.
The drakes are quick to mature and make fine table fowl. The 7-8 pound duck is an good layer of about 100/180 large white eggs. The duck is silvery-white with a heavy flecking of fawn on her back. The 8-9 pounddrake has a beetle green head and neck and his throat is white with fawn markings. Add to this his silver-white neck ring, breast, wingcoverts, and tail tip and you have a very handsome bird. Beak should be yellow, legs and feet orange, and eyes dark hazel. This breed also appears as Miniature, and as the Bantam Appleyard , Silver Bantam Ducks  and in Call format all with differences

:-Uses: Utility: meat and eggs.
Eggs: 100 to 180 large white eggs.
Origin: U.K.
Weight: Drake: 3.6 – 4.1 Kg, Duck: 3.2 – 3.6 Kg.
Classification: Heavy.

Male: Head /neck black with a green sheen .Breast/shoulders red brownwith white lacing.Bill yellow /green. Speculum(shiny feathers on wings) violet green
Female: Cream and pale fawn with brown streaks.Speculum (shiny feathers on wings) violet green. Bill yellow to grey green usually marked as in photograph.
Uses: Exhibition / Ornamental.
Eggs: 60 to 160 Eggs.
Origin: Gloucestershire, U.K.
Weight: Drake: 1.4 Kg, Duck: 1.1 Kg.
Classification: Bantam.
Useful to Know: An attractive ornamental duck that looks good in the garden, has character and tames easily with a better temprament than the Call

BREEDING CONDITIONS: Kept as pairs or alternatively trios..depending upon the drakes energy levels. They lay one possibly two clutches per year.......thus will not sit and brood if the eggs are removed. Excellent fliers as are all bantam ducks clip or net new stock until familiar with the territory.

Egg Colour;
Egg Numbers ............100 /180
Country Of Origin;.........England
Purpose;..........Eggs..Meat...Broody...a good utility duck
Breed Hints.... Kept as trio or pair
Weights; 9 to 12 pounds
****Easily confused as babies with Abacot's and Harlequin's *** See Reginald Appleyard's Books

 Silver Bantam

The Silver Bantam duck was originally created by Reginald Appleyard and originally called the Silver Appleyard Bantam. It was created in the 1940’s by crossing a White Call drake to a small utility Khaki Campbell duck. The name change occurred as it did not have the same colours as the Silver Appleyard and looked more like a bantam version of the Abacot Ranger having descended from similar birds (a white drake and Khaki Campell duck). Tom Bartlett of Folly Farm in Gloucestershire took a Silver Appleyard and miniaturised it to create a correctly coloured Silver Appleyard Miniature duck in the late 1980’s and the old Silver Appleyard Bantam became the Silver Bantam.

Uses: Exhibition / Ornamental. Eggs: 60 to 160 Eggs.
Origin: Suffolk, U.K.
Weight: Drake: 900g, Duck: 800g.
Classification: Bantam.
Useful to Know: Visually, these ducks look very much like a bantam version of the Abacot Ranger.

Large Silver Appleyard

Large Male Hants Berks 2015

Miniature Appleyard male Hants Berks 2015

Miniature Appleyard female Hants Berks 2015

Large  Silver Appleyard + Miniature Silver Appleyard  next pens

Silver Bantam Ducks

Silver Bantam Ducks

Silver Bantam Ducks

Silver Bantam

Silver Bantam Ducks

Silver Call ie smaller version of the Silver Bantam Ducks

Large  Silver Appleyard female

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