ANCONA DUCKS

This hardy and beautifully patterned duck checks all the boxes for the perfect dual purpose homestead duck. They average 280 large eggs a year, they are a great meat bird so excess drakes have a purpose and they are champion foragers while still easy on the garden. Their trademark splotchy patterns makes each duck unique and gives your flock so much character. They average between 6-8 lbs. They are flightless and have docile, friendly temperaments. They are great in both hot and cold temperature and resistant to illness. After doing some research, I knew I wanted these ducks. They are on the critical watch list of heritage breeds and I want to do my part to help make them more accessible. I will be starting my flock with purebred ducklings from a farm in the Fraser Valley as well as importing some fertile eggs from a very experienced breeder in the States to get a variance in blood lines. Ducklings and fertile hatching eggs coming soon.

Breeding Program Goals

  • Size – would like larger ducks averaging 8 lbs for meat
  • Egg laying ability – 300 large eggs a year
  • Foraging ability – to cut down on feed costs
  • Overall hardiness – weather, parasite, and disease resistant
  • Colour and pattern – would like a variety of colours and patterns
  • Broodiness – good sitters and good mothering ability

SNOWY CALL DUCKS

Need I say more than gorgeous colouring and so damn cute! These little bantam ducks stole my heard the first time I saw them. They are energetic and thus avid foragers. They can fly but mine rarely do unless startled. They are friendly and fit in well with the rest of the flock despite their itty bitty size.

Breeding Program Goals

  • Size – trying to keep them as small as possible with short bills and short legs
  • Egg laying ability – 100 – 150 eggs a year
  • Foraging ability – to cut down on feed costs
  • Overall hardiness – weather, parasite, and disease resistant
  • Colour and pattern – would like a variety of colours
  • Broodiness – good sitters and good mothering ability

PILGRIM GEESE

I raised a pilgrim goose from a gosling to have as a guardian for my flock and I fell in love with both him and the breed. They have such a gentle and graceful way about them but can still be goofy and comical at times. They do an amazing job at protecting the flock. My gander will chase away ANYTHING that comes near his territory but is very gently with me unless I startle him. Pilgrims are dual purpose and can be used for both eggs and meat. They lay huge, deliciously rich eggs and have a less greasy meat than other types of geese. Currently, they are listed as critical in numbers by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. They are also autosexing with the male goslings always being yellow and the female goslings always being grey.

Breeding Program Goals

  • Size – would like big birds so extra males can be used for meat

  • Egg laying ability – up to 80 eggs a year

  • Foraging ability – to cut down on feed costs

  • Overall hardiness – weather, parasite, and disease resistant

  • Colour and pattern – maintain standard colour with correct auto sexing ability

  • Broodiness – good sitters and good mothering ability