"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."
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.