We wanted an attractively marked duck that laid well throughout the year ....   so we found some ....

welsh harlequin

A 'sport' of the Khaki Campbell appearing in Group Captain Leslie Bonnet's flock in the UK, - and originally named the 'Honey Campbell' -  the Welsh Harlequin should have all the attributes of the Campbell,  including the egg laying capability.


Most strains of Campbell and Harlequin ducks in Australia these days lay fewer eggs than their forebears,  but should still be capable of laying 200-250 a year.

GENETICALLY:  harlequin phase dusky mallard (md/md lih/lih)

                            Like others in the 'silver' family eg. Abacot Ranger, silver call, Elizabeth,  they have a fawn hood, and should be free of eye stripes. 

 

koljash obtained Welsh Harlequins from a strain reputed for their laying and foraging qualities.   While many harlequins are really best described as 'backyard ducks' we've again combined lines to try and overcome faults, and are selecting/culling heavily to ensure we only breed from the best available. We look forward to bountiful numbers of eggs in the future



SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS REGARDING THE LAYING ABILITY OF THE WH DUCK.

2014 season Welsh Harlequin drake, starting to colour up. the ducks to the left and drake to the right of him do not carry the brown dilution (and therefore are AR) - as evidenced by the blue rather than green/bronze wing bar or speculum.

An egg a day (or nearly), please!!

WE recently started recording egg output from our 3 Harlequin ducks.  Perhaps next year we'll keep a more accurate record from point of lay onwards!

Week 1:       3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 2, 3  = 20 eggs from a possible 21                          tally 20/12

Week 2:       3, 3, 3, 2, 3, 3, 3  = 20 eggs                                                        tally 40/42

Week 3:       3, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3  = 20 eggs                                                        tally 60/63

Week 4:       3, 3, 3, 3, 2, 2, 3  = 19 eggs                                                        tally 79/84                    equivalent 26/28 (2 ducks) 27/28 (1 duck)