Khaki Campbell Duck
Facts about Khaki Campbell Ducks. Khaki Campbell Ducks are said to be a cross between Runner duck, Mallard and Rouen and it is bred for its high level of egg production. The Khaki Campbell Duck is a breed species which belongs to the domesticated duck family and is native to England. Khaki Campbell Duck species was matured in Uley, Gloucestershire, England by Mrs. Adah Campbell during the 1900s. Earlier establishment of the Campbell Duck was introduced in the year 1898 while similar varieties have been developed since 1901.
A Khaki Campbell Duck comes in various coloration and sizes some of which includes the dark color, white and the khaki (dull yellowish brown) 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.
Khaki Campbell 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. This 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.
An Adult Khaki Campbell Duck breed can develop to weights of approximately three to five pounds (1.3 to 2.2 kg). The Khaki Campbell Ducks produces several eggs during its periods of breeding. Its egg production can outdo even the most active of egg laying domestic chickens. The Khaki Campbell Duck breed lays an average of three hundred and twenty eggs annually. It is important to note that the Khaki Campbell Ducks are able to lay more eggs than the active domestic chicken in a week’s period, if it is kept in a favorable and moderate duck environment. Despite the common misinterpretation of the skittish or flighty behavior of the duck, the Khaki Campbell Duck is very passive, friendly and gentle and can be raised by hand until it matures. The Khaki Campbell Duck species is a great breed for young families and due to its gentleness it can also be raised by families with small kids.
The Khaki Campbell Duck usually matures in about seven months. In collective situations, the duck hatches large broods together. Most of the Khaki Campbell Ducks brooding behavior can be been sacrificed in exchange for its rich egg laying ability. It is necessary to note that the Khaki Campbell 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 have been said the use of a mechanical incubator to help in hatching with 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.
"Scientific name for Khaki Campbell 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).
Khaki Campbell Ducks are birds in the Class of "Aves". Ducks of all types are part of the bird family "Anatidae". Khaki Campbell 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.
Water-proof feathers of Khaki Campbell Duck
A special feature that the Khaki Campbell Duck has is its water-proof feathers, even when the Khaki Campbell 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 Khaki Campbell Ducks tail which covers and spreads the outer coat of the Khaki Campbell Ducks feathers, which makes the duck water-proof.
Features about Khaki Campbell Duck egg
A Khaki Campbell Duck egg has twice the nutritional value than a chicken egg and will stay fresh longer because of their thicker shell.
Khaki Campbell Duck eggs are richer with more Albumen "the white of an egg" making pastries and cakes richer and fluffier. A Khaki Campbell Duck Egg has more Omega 3 fatty acids than a chicken egg. Omega 3 is thought to improve skin health, memory and Brain health. Khaki Campbell Duck Eggs are an Alkaline producing food and a Chicken egg is an acid food and leaves your body more acid. Khaki Campbell Duck eggs are high in Cholesterol. Duck eggs have 6 times the Vitamin D and 2 times the Vitamin A than a chicken egg. Khaki Campbell Duck eggs have 2 times the cholesterol than a chicken egg.
Underneath the water-proof coat are downy soft fluffy feathers which keep the Khaki Campbell Ducks body warm. Khaki Campbell Ducks keep clean by being able to turn their heads completely backwards, and put their beaks into their feathers by preening themselves.
A Khaki Campbell 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.
A male adult Khaki Campbell Duck is called a (drake) and a adult female Khaki Campbell Duck is called a (hen). A young baby Khaki Campbell Duck is called a (duckling). A group of ducks is called a brace, raft, team, flock, or paddling. The male Khaki Campbell 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.
In the wild the male wild Khaki Campbell Duck will guard their nest by chasing away other ducks. Once the female Khaki Campbell 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 Khaki Campbell ducklings are able to fly within 5 to 8 weeks. In captivity ducks will lay more eggs, when there is more daylight, that's why farmers will keep the lights on in the ducks house for longer periods of time.
The Khaki Campbell Ducks are related to swans and geese and the duck is the smallest of these birds with shorter wings and neck and a stocky body. Khaki Campbell Ducks on average, live 4 to 8 years and can live up to 12 years, depending on the breed. Khaki Campbell Ducks are omnivores; meaning - an animal that eats food of both animal and plant and origin.
Features about the Khaki Campbell Duck Feet
Khaki Campbell Ducks have webbed feet, that makes them act like paddles, designed for swimming. They 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 Khaki Campbell Ducks paddle feet do not feel cold, even when it swims in cold icy water. The webbed feet makes a Khaki Campbell Duck waddle instead of walk. The Khaki Campbell Ducks 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 Khaki Campbell Ducks feet warm. Khaki Campbell Ducks feet are thin because they contain soft tissue and few muscles.
Features about the Khaki Campbell Duck Bill
A "bill" is what is call a Khaki Campbell Ducks mouth. There are no teeth in the ducks bill, they have rows of thin bristles, which helps them to filter pieces of nutrition out of the water. Khaki Campbell 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 Khaki Campbell 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.
Te Khaki Campbell Ducks see in color with very good vision and can see well underwater. Ducks fly in a “V” shape to makes flying easier.