Facts about Abacot Ranger Ducks. The Abacot ranger duck at an early stage you may not easily distinguish between a female and male. As soon as the Abacot Ranger Duck are eight weeks old, the color of their bills change allowing them to be identified. The male Abacot Ranger Duck bill turns olive green while the female’s bill develops a dark slate color. The Abacot Ranger Duck are hardy ducks that love peace and quiet and have speckled white bodies.
The Abacot Ranger Duck breed is a domestic bird that was initially called the Hooded Ranger duck and was also known as Streicherrente. The original purpose for developing the Abacot Ranger Duck breed was for the purposes of laying eggs and producing meat. Today the Abacot Ranger Duck breed is used for exhibition purposes and for laying eggs too.
The Abacot Ranger Ducks origin is from England. They however became extinct in England at one time but were reintroduced later. The Abacot Ranger Duck were also introduced to Germany. Mr. Oscar gray of the Abacot Duck Ranch is the father of this breed. He bred them back in 1917 and 1923. He started with khaki Campbell female ducks and a white Indian male Drake. The first mention of the Abacot Ranger Duck breed in print was done in form of a full page advertisement in the year 1923 in the Feathered World Yearbook. Oscar gray, Friday wood along with Colchester was responsible for this print. Having disappeared from England the Abacot Ranger Duck breed was reintroduced in the 80s and its standards equally set.
The Abacot Ranger Duck breed was first introduced in Germany in 1926. In Germany the Abacot Ranger Duck breed was known as Liekers Streifere. In 1934 the standards for the Abacot Ranger Duck breed in Germany were set under the name of Streicher-Ente.
The Female Abacot ranger duck are normally lighter than the males. The average females weighs about 5.5 pounds (2.5 kg) and the male weighs 6.6 pounds (3 kg). Rarely will you find this Abacot ranger duck flying. In fact, the Abacot Ranger Duck are not at all good at flying.
Features about the Abacot Ranger Ducks Bills
A "bill" is what is call a duck's mouth. There are no teeth in the Abacot Ranger Ducks bill, they have rows of thin bristles, which helps them to filter pieces of nutrition out of the water. Abacot Ranger Ducks swallow there food whole and it goes to an organ called a gizzard, were the food is first ground up and than moves on to the stomach. The different bill shapes and sizes for finding food, has over time mutated to fit each environment. The Abacot Ranger Ducks bill is flat and broad and has rows of fine incision along the outer edge called "lamellae". meaning a thin membrane, plate, scale or layer, as of cell wall or bone tissue. The larnellae helps the duck to clutch food for feeding.
The Abacot Ranger Ducks can live for as long as ten years and even longer. Even at this advanced age it is not uncommon to find some females laying eggs. Annually females lay between 180 and 200 eggs. The Abacot Ranger Duck eggs are about 65 grams and they are contained in a white shell and their meat is also very good.
Underneath the water-proof coat are downy soft fluffy feathers which keep the Abacot Ranger Ducks body warm. Ducks keep clean by being able to turn their heads completely backwards, and put their beaks into their feathers by preening themselves.
Features about the Abacot Ranger Ducks Feet
Abacot Ranger Duck have webbed feet, that makes them act like paddles, designed for swimming. The Abacot Ranger Duck push their webbed paddle feet back in a kicking motion, this allows them to move swift through the water and when the feet come back, they will close for less water resistance. The Abacot Ranger Duck's paddle feet do not feel cold, even when it swims in cold icy water. The webbed feet makes a duck waddle instead of walk. The duck’s feet have capillaries which help blood flow to their feet. The warm blood flow down the leg and creates a heat exchange system. When the blood flows down the leg, it meets the cold blood and is warmed up to keep the ducks feet warm. Ducks feet are thin because they contain soft tissue and few muscles.
Abacot Ranger Ducks Water-proof feathers
A special feature that the Abacot Ranger Duck has is its water-proof feathers, even when the duck dives underwater, its downy under-layer of feathers will stay totally 100% dry. There is a special gland called the "Preen Gland" also called Oil Gland or Uropygial, that produces oil that is near the duck's tail which covers and spreads the outer coat of the duck's feathers, which makes the duck water-proof.
The male adult Abacot Ranger Duck is called a (drake) and a adult female Abacot Ranger Duck is called a (hen). A young baby duck is called a (duckling). A group of ducks is called a brace, raft, team, flock, or paddling. The male ducks (drakes) are the brighter colored ducks while the female (hen) are usually a plain colored for hiding purposes to be camouflaged from their enemies when they are sitting in their nests. If you raise the Abacot Ranger Ducks it is best to keep them in pairs or trios on your backyard.
Abacot Ranger Ducks see in color with very good vision and can see well underwater. Abacot Ranger Ducks have three eyelids the third eyelid called nictitating membrane. They have a top and bottom as well as a third eyelid that is found on the side of the eye. The Abacot Ranger Ducks eyelid blinking acts as a windshield wiper to clear the eye. This helps to see when diving under water can also help the eye from drying out while flying. This is an act of constantly cleaning and keeping the eye moist.
The Abacot Ranger Duck is a Precocial (meaning) Born or hatched with the eyes open, a covering of hair or down, capable of a high degree of independent activity from birth and able to leave the nest just a few hours after hatching.
In the wild male Abacot Ranger Duck will guard their nest by chasing away other ducks. Once the female Abacot Ranger Duck lays 5 to 8 eggs, she will start to sit on her eggs to keep them warm so that they can hatch into baby ducklings. The eggs will hatch on average within 26 to 28 days. Baby ducklings are able to fly within 5 to 8 weeks.
Scientific name for Abacot Ranger Duck "Anas Platyrhynchos" meaning - Wild dabbling duck from which domestic ducks are descended; widely distributed. From New Latin "anas" meaning (Duck) and the word Platyrhynchos comes from "platyrrhine", Ancient Greek meaning (broad snouted, flat-bridged nose).
Abacot Ranger Ducks are birds in the Class of "Aves". Abacot Ranger Duck and all Ducks of all types are part of the bird family "Anatidae". Abacot Ranger Ducks are also called "waterfowls" they are generally found in places were there is water, such as ponds, rivers, streams, lakes and occasionally your back yard pool. The definition of Anatidaephobia is irrational fear that you are being watched by a duck.
Abacot Ranger Ducks are related to geese and swans and the duck is the smallest of these birds with shorter wings and neck and a stocky body. Abacot Ranger Ducks on average, live 4 to 8 years and can live up to 12 years, depending on the breed. Abacot Ranger Ducks are omnivores; meaning - an animal that eats food of both animal and plant and origin.
Features about Abacot Ranger Duck egg
A Abacot Ranger Duck egg has twice the nutritional value than a chicken egg and will stay fresh longer because of their thicker shell.
Abacot Ranger Duck eggs are richer with more Albumen "the white of an egg" making pastries and cakes richer and fluffier. A Abacot Ranger Duck Egg has more Omega 3 fatty acids than a chicken egg. Omega 3 is thought to improve skin health, memory and Brain health. Abacot Ranger Duck Eggs are an Alkaline producing food and a Chicken egg is an acid food and leaves your body more acid. Abacot Ranger Duck eggs are high in Cholesterol. Abacot Ranger Duck eggs have 6 times the Vitamin D and 2 times the Vitamin A than a chicken egg. Abacot Ranger Duck eggs have 2 times the cholesterol than a chicken egg.