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Here at Kapristo farms, we raise Welsh Harlequin Ducks. We also have some hybrid layer ducks. They are a mix of the Welsh Harlequin, Khaki Campbell, and Indian runner. We really enjoy the temperament of the Welsh Harelquin and want to increase their presents in our flock.
The well-being of all our animals is very important to us. We strive to provide clean housing, fresh water, lots of space, and organic feed to our ducks. We take extra measures to ensure their safety.
Through the winter we house our flock in the hoop house. This keeps them safe from predators, fertilizes the garden bed for spring, and gives the ducks a large area that’s not covered in snow. We periodically set up a kiddy pool for them to bathe in.
Once the snow melts we move their housing to the summer location which is right beside the pond. They have full access to the pond and in the past have been able to roam around the yard. With our concern for predators this summer, we will be setting up fencing.
te raise ducks for fertilizing, bug control but mostly for eggs. Occasionally we harvest a drake for meat if there are too many boys, but it’s quite labor-intensive.
So let’s talk about ducks and their eggs!
Welsh Harlequins are considered a rare breed. Not only do we enjoy these ducks but we understand the value of preserving rare breeds. Just like how it’s important to preserve and protect seeds. Diversifying the raising of rare breeds lessens the chance of them going extinct.
Every modern breed of domesticated duck originated from wild Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos). The exception to this rule is Muscovy ducks (Cairina moschata), which are a separate line on the duck family tree.
The first known Mallard domestication took place in Asia about 4,000 years ago. So, Welsh Harlequins’ wild ancestors were Mallard ducks. This is very apparent in their appearance.
Our ducklings are incubator hatched and ready. We have either Welsh Harlequin ducks or Barnyard Mix.
The barnyard mix is an egg-laying hybrid of Kahki Campbell, Indian Runner, and Welsh Harlequin.
The Welsh Harlequin duck is classed as a lightweight duck breed by the American Poultry Association. And the breed is well known for its good egg-laying ability and also for its vivid plumage. Welsh Harlequin ducks have relatively long bodies, rounded chest, moderately full abdomens, medium-width backs, and wide-spaced legs.
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why duck eggs
On nearly every nutritional aspect, the eggs of ducks are better than chicken eggs. Duck eggs have more magnesium, calcium, iron, vitamin B12, vitamin A, thiamin, etc. per 100 grams. They are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which are vital for normal human metabolism but our body cannot synthesize it.
Not only do ducks lay twice as many eggs a year as chickens, but they also lay for twice as many years as chickens. Our hybrid layer are a combination of three of the highest egg producers.
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