The Campbell duck is a breed species which belongs to the domesticated duck family and is native to England. The duck is usually a cross between Rouen, Mallard and the Runner duck and it is bred for its high level of egg production. The duck breed species was matured in Uley, Gloucestershire, England by Mrs. Adah Campbell during the 1900s. However, earlier establishment of the Campbell Duck was introduced in the year 1898 while similar varieties have been developed since 1901.
The Campbell Duck comes in various colorations and sizes some of which includes the dark, white and the khaki varieties. The Khaki Campbell duck mainly has a khaki coloration and a dark colored head which has an olive green color and lacks the white ring similar to that of the Mallard ancestors. In addition, the duck has the most prudent cluster of Khaki enclosing the entire body of the duck.
The Adult Campbell duck breed can develop to maximum weights of approximately three to five pounds. The ducks produces several eggs during its periods of breeding. Its egg production can outdo even the most active of egg laying domestic chickens. The Campbell Duck breed usually lays an average of three hundred and twenty eggs annually. It is important to note that the duck can be able to lay more eggs than the active domestic chicken in a week’s period if it is kept in a moderate and favorable duck environment. Despite the common misinterpretation of the flightly or skittish behavior of the duck, the Campbell Duck is very friendly, gentle and passive and can be raised by hand until it matures. The Duck species is a great breed for young families and due to its fondness it can also be raised by families with small kids.
The Campbell duck usually matures after a period of about seven months. It rarely hatches out its ducklings. However, in collective situations, the duck hatches large broods together. Most of the duck’s brooding behavior can be been sacrificed in exchange for its rich egg laying ability. It is necessary to note that the duck breed, if raised by hand, it usually becomes less defensive of its eggs enabling the ease of eggs collection from the nests.
Breeders have implied the use of a mechanical incubator to help in hatching out of the Campbell ducklings in the absence of the hens. The incubation usually takes about twenty three to twenty eight days. However, the process requires regular inspection to ensure that the ducklings have emerged from their eggs completely.