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Ancona Ducks***Beautiful and Rare Breed of Waterfowl***

Name: Ancona Ducks***Beautiful and Rare Breed of Waterfowl***
Color: black, blue, chocolate, lavender, tri-color
Description: DAY OLD Ducklings

We are taking prepaid orders for ducklings to hatch in the spring.

Ducklings for mail order need to be in multiples of 25. This ensures sufficient body heat for the Ducklings to survive their journey.

***Day old Ancona Ducklings are $10/duckling.
All ducklings sell as straight run.


Pick up at the farm for a smaller prepaid hatch is also available.

Ducklings are shipped weekly on Mondays or Tuesdays. Unfortunately, we cannot provide estimates as to when your ducklings will ship. All orders will be filled in the order they are received. You will be contacted via phone when your chicks ship. That will give you 24-48 hours notice. If you have any "black out" dates, indicate them in the "Notes" section during check out and we will not ship your order those weeks.

Please confirm your order via email or by phone.
Please include your name, address and phone number in the email.
If you are paying with PayPal, please confirm that your telephone number and address in your email receipt is current. If it is not current, the U.S. Post Office will not be able to call you when your ducklings arrive. And, I will not be able to contact you. It won't end well for the ducklings. You will get an email confirmation after you place your order. Please look at the address and phone number on your order to confirm that it is correct. Thank you!

It is up to our Ducks and how they are laying during that time. Orders are filled on a first come first serve basis. Ordering early will greatly increase your chances of receiving your chicks during the week requested. Day old ducklings are shipped on Mondays and Tuesdays. You will receive a phone call or email confirmation when your order is shipped.



HATCHING EGGS

Ancona Hatching eggs --- Will have some available for the 2017 season.


IMPORTANT: We do not, under any circumstance, guarantee that your eggs will hatch! Many factors beyond our control may contribute to incubation success or failure.

PLEASE NOTE: Hatching eggs are shipped as soon as they are available. We will let you know when our hens are able to fill your order and when they will be shipped. Certain breeds are in high demand and may be sold out for weeks or perhaps months. Please be patient and know that every effort is being made to fill your order just as quickly as possible.
Info: They are excellent egg layers and typically lay 210-280 eggs per year. Ours lay beautiful blue and cream colored eggs.

They are an excellent dual purpose duck. They grow fast and produce a good amount of meat.

The Ancona Duck is a breed of domestic duck. These rare ducks are considered to be a descendant of the Indian Runner Duck and the Belgian Huttegem Duck breeds. Anconas were developed in England during the early 20th century, but were not available in the United States until 1984. Even though their numbers have increased in the U.S., the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, in their 2000 census of domestic waterfowl in North America, listed the Ancona's status as "critical". Just like most other domestic ducks, the Anconas are a flightless duck, so they don't migrate. They are fairly calm animals and make good pond, yard, and breeding birds. They tend to be excellent foragers, and if allowed will augment their diet with greens, slugs, insects and other arthropods. Their closest relatives are Magpie ducks and Dutch Hookbills.

The Ancona averages 6 to 6.5 pounds and is a bit stockier than its close relative, the Magpie duck. It has a medium sized oval head, a medium-length bill that is slightly concave along the top line, an average neck that arches forward slightly and body carriage is 20 to 30 degrees above horizontal. The broken, mottled plumage is unique among ducks for, like Holstein cattle, there is no set design. "Any combination of white and color is acceptable as long as there are obvious broken areas on the head, backs, sides, and underbody." The neck is normally solid white, bills are yellow with dark green or black spotting, and the legs and feet are orange with black or brown markings that increase with age.
We obtained our breeding stock from a top breeder in the country. We have been breeding Anconas since 2010.
 
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