These light weight ducks are fantastic foragers which disappear from the rest of a flock to do their own thing all day long. Good laying capability coupled with a high fertility makes hatching and raising easy.
- The breed was first recognised by the PCGB in the late 1920’s / early 1930.
- It is believed that they were developed from white sports arising from Magpie ducks with further matings to blue Magpies which gave them the superb pure white specimens.
- In general appearance they favour Magpies but are normally slightly heavier.
- They have been described as bold, alert and with a keen carriage with a long, deep and broad body and a long back with closely carried wings.
- They have a long refined, long and straight head and an intelligent expression.
- They are pure white with a yellow/orange bill and yellow legs.
Did you know?
Reference to this breed are very few and limited to article in early editions of Poultry World. In the 11 April 1930, they are described as:
"A duck with proven merits which can challenge other more well-known egg laying breeds in terms of egg numbers, extended laying season and a also a good table bird."
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