Key Characteristics

The Silver Bantam has lost out in popularity to the Miniature Appleyard but still has a few devotees who appreciate this small useful bantam duck.


  • The name may be a more recent creation but the breed is the same one that was created by Reginald Appleyard just after the Second World War. 
  • Bantams were on the increase in the chicken world and Appleyard was one to see the chance for a bantam duck.
  • The breed was originally named Miniature Appleyard although the plumage colour did not resemble the Appleyard duck.
  • A problem arose when Tom Bartlett created a different Miniature Appleyard with the large Appleyard duck colouring.
  • After much deliberation, the original breed was renamed the Silver Bantam Duck.


  • A small breed, drakes should weigh around 0.9kg and ducks around 0.8kg. 
  • The drake follows the Mallard colour for the head and neck and the breast is claret but with white edges. The main of the under-body is cream and the back black but with white edges.
  • The duck has a brown head and neck and the body is a creamy white with a central stripe on the feathers of light brown.
  • The drake has an olive green bill and orange legs and the duck a dark slate bill tinged with green and dark orange legs.

Breed Societies

For more information visit the British Waterfowl Association.