Breed . .
A large blue duck of unstable colouring... There is no such thing as
a Black Swedish it is the occasional result of any unstable
blue-blue mating as is 'Splashed" it is not shown or bred from but a
good pet duck.
It is a medium large sized duck that weighs between 6.5 and
8pounds; males usually weigh more then females.
The color of Blue Swedish ducks is due to heterozygosity in a colour
gene.Ths silvery ones are kept if female and used with darker males
If a Blue Swedish duck and drake breed, the young are the usual 25%
/50% / 25% ratio in:-
* 25%: A homozygous form, black where the blue should be.
* 50%: As the parents.
* 25%: The other homozygous form, splashed or silver with
combinations of blue and black and white.
Names Germanata Svedese
Country Of Origin;......... Europe
Carriage;Similar to the Campbell ducks but a substantially
more well built duck ie useful for the table if needed
Purpose;..........Eggs..Meat...Broody...a good utility duck
Egg Colour.....................The eggs weigh 65 g and are
Egg Numbers..............150 +
Breed Hints....Kept as trio or pair .. will go broody and
Weights; 5 to 6 pounds. This is an average size bird
(weight of the duck: 2,5 kg; of the drake: 3 kg).
****Meat Production:(Drakes) Will reach table weight
on food and scraps by 16 weeks then not put on any weight until 2yrs
.rarely flies a good back garden all rounder;
** there is no such beastie as black Swedish** it is a reject not
for breeding conversely the pale females breed good stock..there
is a Shetland duck rare but lighter in size ie Campbell sized but
many lack the proveable leg ringed history/provenance
2015 DWC Show pic by Rupert Stephenson
Male Swedish Hants & Berks 2015
Showing size ie it fills the show pen sitting Swedish if pure are
99% of those labelled Swedish have little to do with the
breed another like the Aylesbury misnamed more times that used
Babies showing one light , one mismarked and one too dark (black)
Male side view showing size. . .
Swedish are large ducks NOT Campbell sized
History :- As early as 1835, the blue Swedish
duck was being raised by farmers in Pomerania, which back
then was part of Sweden, thus the name.
From Lewis Wright 1901 edition and the 1870's The
late Mr. Teebay several times told us that about 1860
there was a recognised local race of Blue large blue ducks
in Lancashire, and Ducks. more or less of that colour
would be produced by crossing white with either black, or
even any dark breed like the Rouen. The same colour has
been imported and bred in the United States under the name
of blue Swedish ducks, which it is said really were
introduced from northern Europe, and only differ from the
foregoing in having a white throat or semi-collar at the
front of the base of the neck.
In Wickstums Poultry in 1910
they are mentioned as a reasonably common American bird for
1910 American Breed Standards :-included to show size
BLUE SWEDISH DUCKS. Disqualifications. Yellow bills;
absence of white in breast ; feathers of any other color
blue forming more than one-fourth of plumage; twisted
wing; crooked back; decidedly wry tail. (See general
STANDARD WEIGHTS. Adult Drake 8 lbs. Adult Duck 7 lbs.
Young Drake 6.5 lbs. Young Duck 5.5 lbs.
SHAPE OF DRAKE AND DUCK. Head: Long, finely formed. Bill:
Of medium size, nearly straight in outline when viewed
sidewise. Eyes: Full, bright. Neck: Long, slightly arched.
Wings: Short, carried closely. Back: Long, broad, with
slight concave sweep from shoulders to tail. Tail:
Slightly elevated; curled feathers in tail of drake.
Breast: Full, deep. Body: Broad, of medium length, rangy.
Legs and Toes: Thighs, short, stout; shanks, stout. Toes,
straight, connected by web. Carriage of Body: Nearly
horizontal; somewhat elevated in front.
COLOR OF DRAKE AND DUCK.Head: Drake, dark blue, sometimes
approaching black, with a green sheen. Duck, same as
general body color. Bill: Drake, greenish-blue. Duck,
smutty brown, with a dark brown blotch, similar to Rouen
Duck blotch, only larger. Eyes: Dark brown. Wings: Two
main flight feathers, pure white; balance of wing uniform
with general plumage. Breast: Front part, called the bib,
covered with pure white feathers, forming heart-shaped
spot about three by four inches in size, often extending
upward to lower mandible. Shanks and Toes: Reddish-brown
to grayish-black, the former preferred. Plumage: Uniform
steel-blue throughout, except as noted above.