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Swedish Ducks

Swedish Ducks

Swedish  Ducks
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 white
Egg Numbers..............150 +

Breed Hints....Kept as trio or pair .. will go broody and hatch
Weights; 5 to 6 pounds. This is an average size bird (weight of the duck: 2,5 kg; of the drake: 3 kg).

Breed Tip****Meat Production:(Drakes) Will reach table weight on food and scraps by 16 weeks then not put on any weight until 2yrs +
Flying .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 LARGE ducks
99% of those labelled Swedish  have little to do with the breed another like the Aylesbury misnamed more times that used accurately

Babies showing one light , one mismarked and one too dark (black)

Male side view showing size. . . Swedish are large ducks NOT Campbell sized

Breed 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 meat/eggs

1910 American Breed Standards :-included to show size etc
BLUE SWEDISH DUCKS. Disqualifications. Yellow bills; absence of white in breast ; feathers of any other color than
blue forming more than one-fourth of plumage; twisted wing; crooked back; decidedly wry tail. (See general disqualifications.)
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.

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