Friday, March 30, 2012

The Khaki Campbell

"Behold, my friends, the spring is come,
the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun,
and we shall soon see the results of their love."
-Sitting Bull

They've arrived just in time for spring...four Khaki Campbell females.  I read about this breed recently in The Resilient Gardener, mentioned in a previous post, and just had to get some. 

According to the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, Campbells are a rare breed.  They originated in England were they are kept for their high level of egg production. 

These little ladies can exceed even the most efficient of egg laying domestic chickens, with the breed laying up to 340 eggs a year.  I have read that they hold the world record for egg production among all breeds of poultry.  In addition to being prolific layers, these ducks are extremely hardy and if allowed to roam, will forage for most of their food.

Sounds like the perfect addition to a homestead with high hopes for sustainability.  We will learn more about them as they grow.  It will be interesting to compare them to our Indian Runners.
Happy Spring Everyone.


  1. They are so cute! I am sure they will fit in nbicely.

  2. Salaams, we have mutual friends and I've heard how lovely your farm is. I want to get some khaki campbells after Ramadan ends where did you get yours?

  3. Wa salaam, I ordered mine from my local feed store but I have to say I have been really disappointed with the Khaki Campbell. They did not at all live up to their reputation as prolific layers. Not sure why. My Indian Runners have been tried and true layers. I am sticking with them and ordered more for the next season. Just my experience, you might have a different one. I'm going to order more ducklings in September so if you want to go in on an order let me know. Best!

  4. Salaam alaikoum beautiful family! It's seems that the family is growing! May Allah awj assit you in all ways and provide you with the best of this life and the other one! With all our love. Kdi and Antoine