Ancona Ducks: 7 Color Varieties
Black, Chocolate, Blue, Silver, Lilac, Lavender, Tri-Color.
received the eggs today and have them in the incubator now! We are very
excited! Thank you so much. We are excited to have this breed, particularly.
I discovered them reading Carol Deppe's book." -Rob, Boise, Idaho.
|| This photo is from Krista-Lea.
it!! Thanks!! I am wild about them alll!!! I am in LOVE with them... I mean,
head over feet!! They are the most precious things I've seen, and I work
with animals and wildlife.... I can't keep away!!! Thanks for everything!!!"
-Krista-Lea, Port Jefferson, New York
|| These photos
are from Jess in Sunland, California.
These 2 photos of Ancona ducklings are from Anya in Durham, North Carolina.
| These 2 photos are from Alec.
"Well, our duck hatching has come to a cute and fuzzy end. From our 4 fertile eggs we hatched 3 adorable ducklings. (One egg
died between day 18 and 25). Thank you for the eggs and the support. The coloration
on the 3 is very different. One is classic Ancona, one is almost all yellow, and one is mostly black." -Alec, Dallas
on the left is from Laurie in Portland, Oregon.
wanted to give you an update on our eggs, as they were due yesterday evening.
We candled them before lockdown. Our two eggs both had external pips as
of yesterday morning. No more progress was made during the day yesterday,
but last night I checked them before bed, and both seemed to be working
on growing their pip holes."
"This morning both had nice big open pip holes. One has now hatched (white
egg) and looks great, napping in the incubator. The second (green egg),
I can see breathing through it's pip hole and appears fine, just still working
on it. We are very hopeful it will hatch today or tonight, and we'll have
a friend for the one that's already arrived! Im thrilled that both look
like they're going to make it!" -Britni, Akron, New York
The other 2 photos are from Britni.
good news is that it is the greatest duck ever, but my boyfriend has claimed
it as his and is taking it if I kick him out. So I'm going to have to keep
him so he does not take my duck. He even brought the duck to my work to
visit. When I got home it was in my bed with him. He is treating it like
a puppy and that duck follows us all around the house. And he wants to keep
it in the house." -Stephanie, Clinton, Ohio
This photo is from Stephanie.
little ducks arrived this morning! We are very excited to love them and
watch them grow. Thank you for your work, care and instruction in sharing
this unique breed." -Elliott, Chico, California
This photo is from Elliott.
(the Ancona duckling) was busy all night long. He has made a hole and I
can see his bill. He sure is a peeper. I can see him pushing, but he didn't
zip, just made a hole. This is taking forever!"
and then later "Lucky exited
his shell at 7 PM tonight. He is now under a light in the bath tub. He looks
good, already started cleaning himself." -Jeanette, Park River, North
4 photos are from Jeanette. The photo below is Lucky in diapers with his dog and cat friends.
"Lucky is almost 3 weeks old in this picture.
Lucky out grows diapers about every 3 days. I have to keep redesigning them. Lucky has fit right in with the family.
He is such fun, and very smart." -Jeanette
is so much fun! He is almost 14 weeks old. I now know Lucky is a "He". He
has two curly tail feathers. He loves the little dogs stuffed toys and their
food. Much to the dismay of the dogs. Here is a picture of Lucky chilling
with his favorite stuffed wolf. He has been such a fun addition to the family."
Photo with Lucky as an adult:
"The weather here is like winter, so Lucky has to swim in the tub." -Jeanette
These photos are from Krista-Lea in Port Jefferson, New York.
"It's so much fun watching the little ones hatch, grow.... We love Ancona ducks.... We also raise true Araucana chickens (gotta love blue eggs), Pilgrim geese, American Sable rabbits, we try to keep the rare breeds.... Been doing 4-H FFA thing with kids. It's always fun showing rare breeds and having eggs hatch at our fair in September." -Brandie, Goldendale, Washington
Egg Life Cycle
Hatching eggs is a great project for children. They love it.
This photo is from Krista-Lea in Port Jefferson, New York.
to give you an update on how the eggs are incubating in our classroom. Today
we studied the parts of the egg, and how the embryo develops. We used an
egg scope to view the eggs. All of them are winners! The students are super
excited about our project." -Tracy, Santa Rosa, California
||Cute Ducklings Resting
This photo is from Troy in Santa Cruz, California.
Ducklings (first photo)
the 3-week-old ducklings for a field trip to the back porch the other day.
They loved it! They are getting huge and their feathers are starting to
come in. In the two days since I took this photo, they now look like they
are wet all over as more feathers are coming in. Fascinating how fast they
grow!" -Jess, Los Angeles, California
Ducklings (second photo)
"Well, these little ones are growing fast. Their chest feathers are almost fully in and the rest are well on their way. They look so funny while they transition from down to feathers! They’ve gotten less afraid of us now and really enjoy being outside. We’re getting their new digs set up so we can move them outside soon." -Jess, Los Angeles, California
Ducks Living with Guinea Fowl
The duck with the Guineas is 'Big Duck' aka 'Mr. McDuck'. Her Guineas are
Pearl Grey, Blue and Pied. Everyone gets along fine.
These 2 photos are from Sue in Gouverneur, New York.
||4-Month-Old Ancona Ducklings
to update you on my Ancona babies you sent me, well not babies anymore!
They're doing great! The big mouth on the far right is Mrs Quackers and
she's the boss, Bay is far left (my shy drake), then Ducknorris (she's the
boldest), and our dude Islip aka Irving. Thanks so much, they are are comic
relief." -Cheri, Bayshore, New York
photos are from Laura in Portland, Oregon. The first 2 photos are drakes.
You can tell because they have a curly tail.
pictured that's from you is named Kitty Kitty. He responded everytime I
called the cat, so he got that name."
"I feed layer chicken crumble, organic food scraps (mostly veggies) both
of those are free feed. They also get tiny bits of goat grain with kelp
twice a day when I feed goats. They sometimes munch on the goat hay which
is Timothy meadow mix. Then they free range the rest of the time." -Laura,
"Our kindergarten class theme this year is 'Water, Water, Everywhere',
and the students have been learning about various water habitats. Therefore,
I thought hatching duck eggs would be a great learning experience. We raise
chickens at my home, and I am super excited to try to hatch ducks!"
-Jennifer, Auburn, Alabama
"I am looking forward to adding some ducks (and these are beautiful)
to my flock of hens and two geese. I am planning on letting the goose set
on some, and I have a hen setting that I will let hatch a couple." -Tina,
West Fork, Arkansas
||This photo of 2 adult Ancona ducks is from Cynthia, Elderflower Farm, Talent, Oregon.
"I am very interested in the Ancona duck eggs. I wish to build the future of these wonderful and beautiful ducks!" -Darlene, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia