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DUCKS


Welsh Harlequin

The Welsh Harlequin began as a breed in 1949, as a colour mutation among a flock of Khaki Campbells. In 1968, hatching eggs were exported to the United States and live birds followed by in 1981.


The Welsh Harlequin is a light-weight duck weighing 4.5 to 5.5 pounds. Known best for its egg laying ability. with 320 eggs a year possible, it is definitely a utility bird. Also appreciated forr a beautiful and vivid plumage the females have a black bill and brown legs and feet, and are similar to a mallard but heavily frosted with white. They also lack the eye stripes of mallard females. Drakes are also similar to a heavily frosted Mallard with a yellow/green bill and orange legs and feet. There is a color variation known as "golden", popular in the UK, which replaces the black feathers with a light golden brown..Welsh Harlequins are sex-linked and can be sexed at hatch. Males have a darker bill while females have lighter bills with a dark spot at the tip.


The birds produce a lean carcass and are active foragers, though they are sometimes more vulnerable to predators such as birds of prey due to their light colouration. The egg laying ability is highly valued as the production exhibited by some hens rivals that of chickens. The breed is prone to broodiness and a pair can easily produce young without human interference. They have become a popular backyard pet in recent years due to the their calm demeanor and high egg production.


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