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Ancona Ducks

Meet the Ducks Ancona Ducks

Ancona Ducks are beautiful and prolific egg-layers, laying up to 280 jumbo eggs per year in various colors — white, blue, grey, green, and speckled. We love the fact that we know who is who because they all look different! No need for name bands on these beautiful sweeties!

About Our Ancona Ducks Our Flock's History and Genetic Preservation

There is some controversy over the recent application to standardize Ancona Ducks with the APA (American Poultry Association).

The APA requires that all ducks come out the same and that you choose one egg color as the standard. The breeder applying for the standard runs an Ancona group on Facebook, where the members push for certain characteristics, including white eggs.

We are in love with the diversity of the heterozygous genetics and we subscribe to the Dave Holderread guidelines, meaning that we believe that the ducks should be allowed to maintain their genetic diversity and varied scattered pattern in each bird. Even if the APA allows the scattered pattern, there are other characteristics that we feel are being “bred out” of the breed. One of the things that draws people to our eggs is the variation in color, and we do not want to lose that or any of the other genetics due to large-scale inbreeding.

Our breeding stock has come from Worth It Farms in Chatahoochie Hills, Georgia. They explained to me that they were once part of the breeding efforts to get APA standardization for Ancona, but they pulled back from the efforts. Their birds came from Dave Holderread’s flock and they no longer sell to the public. We are so honored to have our flock come from this lineage, as they have maintained the heterozygous traits we love so much!

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