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We got ducklings!
Back in December we put in an order for 10 Welsh Harlequin ducklings from Holderread Waterfowl Farm and Preservation Center. If you don’t know who they are, they are a well-respected breeder of geese and ducklings located in Oregon. They primarily focus on heritage stock, and have some beautiful birds that come from beautiful lines. Of course, not every bird is going to be show quality or perfect, but they start with the best.
By getting our ducklings from them, I could be certain they were purebred and not a hatchery spin-off. Not that there is anything wrong with that! But we really want to focus on some of the heritage breeds around here, and I wanted to be certain in what I was getting.
Welsh Harlequins are listed as Critical on the American Livestock Breed Conservancy’s list. The Welsh Harlequins originated from two mutant (or sport) Khaki Campbells. They are are not a particularly old breed, but they’re particularly beautiful and are said to have maintained their ancestor’s impeccable laying ability. Both of these reasons are why we chose them, as well as because they are a smaller duck suitable for our little homestead. If you want to read more about the breed, please do so here: American Livestock Conservancy. Continue reading