top left: exhibition quality duck showing clear ending to throat markings; ie no dribble of white onto the breast colouring.
top right: breeding trio of Saxony showing off their unique colouration.
above middle: the characteristic pale face and throat markings on the female contrast with the rich apricot plumage. above right: young Saxony drake
The Saxony was developed in Germany in the 1930's by Albert Franz . The Saxony is quite similar to the Rouen Clair in weight, shape, carriage and plumage colour - although it carries 2 doses of blue dilution genes, changing black pigment into 'pigeon blue' in the drake, and turning the duck's plumage a beautiful apricot buff. This attractive colouring in both sexes makes them very much stand out amongst other ducks.
Size and type can be an issue in Australia, and there are limited breeders of the Saxony across Australia. It is difficult to breed the Saxony's markings exactly to show standards - the APS2 standard calls for a complete neck ring in the drake; which can be problematic to achieve, and claret colouring on flanks and back can also be an issue. In the duck, it is preferable to have no 'dribbles' of white from the throat onto the chest. For this reason, quality specimens can be difficult to find, in both the show and breeding pen.
koljash first obtained Saxony ducks in early 2013. We were privileged to obtain the last of Kylie Booth's line from Murwillumbah, NSW.