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Welsh Harlequin Duck
2014 Delivery Dates
Catalog Number Description each How Many
WHDS Straight Run $8.82
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Availability Display below is for the next several hatches. This breed is available for future dates. You can pick the date during the check out process. Green: available. Blue: limited availability. Red: not available.
The Welsh Harlequin are a fairly new breed, developed by Leslie Bonnett in Wales from two lighter colored Khaki Campbells ducklings in 1949. They came to the United States in 1968 and were accepted into the American Poultry Association in 2001 in the Light Duck class. They are becoming a very popular breed due to their multipurpose characteristics. They have excellent egg production abilities due to their Khaki Campbell background yet retain the instinct to sit and hatch a nest full of ducklings. They are calm, inquisitive, and excellent foragers. They can also make an outstanding dressed bird as their underfeathers are almost exclusively white making their carcass as pretty as a pure white bird. Interestingly, they can be sexed after hatching with a 90% accuracy by their bill color. Darker bills normally indicate a male and light bills ending in a dark spot a female. Within several days this distinction disappears.  They are also a beautiful bird, especially the feather patterns and colors on the females.
Customer Product Reviews
We ordered 10 day old Welsh Harlequin ducklings last spring (2010). We sold a few of them (kept the rest), and have since received calls from folks who bought them asking where we bought them. Apparently, the Welsh Harlequins we bought from your hatchery are superior to the stock they had previously purchased. It is February, and the girls are still laying - we are quite impressed. They are beautiful birds, great layers, and excellent foragers. We anticipate buying more from you this spring. Thanks for some great animals.
I bought one of your Welsh Harlequin Ducklings along with many Blue Swedish ducks. I live in a suburban town where poultry are not too common. Well that Welsh Harlequin quickly became a crowd favorite at football games. We named him "BW" (for Blue Wave, the Darien high school mascot.) BW is now known by everyone around town (over 19,000 people live around here.) Very tame, very sweet, and very human like! One little duckling has made quite a "wake" in the lives of the people in Darien Connecticut. Thanks Murray McMurray for a new home town hero! BTW the website looks GREAT! -- Patrick D and BW