Our ducks spend their daylight hours outdoors enjoying the grass, bugs, and sunshine. One of their favorite pastimes is splashing in their pools.

At night they are secured in their house to protect them from predators and give them shelter in cold temperatures. Our ducks are cold-hardy and even enjoy being outside in the snow!

Pool Time!

Pool Time!

We currently raise three breeds of duck:

Cayuga

Cayugas are the original inspiration for starting Black Duck Farm, as well as the farm's name.  Believed to have originated in the upstate New York Finger Lakes region, the Cayuga is believed to have originated in the 1840s, and became recognized by the American Poultry Association in 1874. Cayugas are a medium weight breed known to be calm, hardy birds that are good layers and foragers.  They are considered a threatened breed, with fewer than 1,000 birds in the U.S. and less than 5,000 globally.

Welsh Harlequin

 Originating from light-colored Khaki Campbells in 1949, the Welsh Harlequins were recognized by the American Poultry Association in 2001. Welsh Harlequins are a light weight breed known to be docile birds that are excellent layers and foragers. They are considered a critical breed, with fewer than 500 birds in the U.S., and less than 1,000 globally.

 

Ancona

 Developed in Great Britain in the early 20th century, the Ancona duck arrived in the U.S. in the 1970’s, but remains a very rare breed and is not yet recognized by the American Poultry Association. Anconas are a medium weight breed with distinct Holstein-like markings, and come in a variety of colors, including black, blue, chocolate, and lavender. Anconas are excellent layers and foragers. They are considered a critical breed, with fewer than 500 birds in the U.S., and less than 1,000 globally.