Facts about Overberg Ducks. The Overberg Duck is a duel-purpose domestic duck it is that are bred chiefly for both their meat and their eggs. The Overberg Duck breed are native to the Netherlands in the course of choosy breeding from Abacot Rangers, North-Holland Hook Bills and Welsh Harlequins. The Overberg Ducks are like the Campbell duck breed, but are considerably more muscular ducks. The Overberg Duck breed is fundamentally a blue intensity of the Welsh Harlequin, and it seldom flies, but a good backyard all rounder bird.
Features of Overberg Duck.
Features of the Overberg Ducks
Overberg Ducks have a neck with an average length and breadth, tapering towards the skull, and virtually carried vertically. The Overberg Duck appear with a fairly high breast that is not excessively full, but it is well-rounded. The wings of the Overberg Duck breeds are average in length, and are positioned tightly and closely to their body. The Overberg Ducks have medium length, firm legs and feet, which are well under the body. The tight and silky plumage offers the Overberg Duck a sleek look. The Overberg Ducks have an average-sized, well-rounded body, which is somewhat erect. Usually the male Overberg Ducks are somewhat heavier than the females, with a body weight, ranging from 5 pounds to 5.6 pounds (2.2 to 2.5 kg), whereas the females weighs between 4.5 pounds to 5 pounds (2.0 to 2.2 kg). The head of the Overberg Duck is well-rounded and developed in jaw and skull and may not demonstrate pronounced cheeks. The Overberg Ducks have bills with an average length and width and averagely straight, and virtually rising hollow towards the skull. The Overberg Duck have bright and alert eyes, positioned fairly high on their head.
Both the male and female Overberg Ducks can be easily differentiated. The male Overberg Duck has well-grown sex curls and is a little more erect in carriage than the female duck. The male Overberg Duck breed are more blue and do not demonstrate the powerful yellow-brown cover seen in the female duck. The neck and the head of the male Overberg Duck is Pale lilac-blue in color, with a minor brown overlay on the back part of its head and neck along the broad, white color neck-ring that is piercingly bronze and totally surrounds the neck. The female Overberg Ducks have a yellow-brown color head, with blue-brown color raining at the top. The neck of the female Overberg Duck is yellow-brown in color, with pale brown color raining, gleaming off into light yellow to cream color on the separating line with their breast, offering a different transition between the breast and the neck.
Overberg Duck Breeding
Overberg Ducks are good breeders, and the female duck is capable of laying eggs that range from 180 to 200 eggs. Usually, the egg of the Overberg Duck breed is white in color, with a minimum weight of 65 grams. For some weeks following hatching, all ducklings need a warm atmosphere that will be provided by the mother duck. A Overberg 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. The young waterfowl will be capable of walking and feeding themselves within some hours of breaking from the egg.
Features about Overberg Duck egg
A Overberg Duck egg has twice the nutritional value than a chicken egg and will stay fresh longer because of their thicker shell.
Overberg Duck eggs are richer with more Albumen "the white of an egg" making pastries and cakes richer and fluffier. A Overberg Duck Egg has more Omega 3 fatty acids than a chicken egg. Omega 3 is thought to improve skin health, memory and Brain health. Duck Eggs are an Alkaline producing food and a Chicken egg is an acid food and leaves your body more acid. Overberg Duck eggs are high in Cholesterol. Overberg Duck eggs have 6 times the Vitamin D and 2 times the Vitamin A than a chicken egg. Duck eggs have 2 times the cholesterol than a chicken egg.
Overberg Ducks Diet
Ducks are omnivores; meaning - an animal that eats food of both animal and plant and origin and they feed on tiny fish and fish eggs, worms, snails and mollusks, grass and weeds, small crustaceans, algae and aquatic roots and plants.
"Scientific name for Overberg 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).
Overberg Ducks are birds in the Class of "Aves". Ducks of all types are part of the bird family "Anatidae". Overberg 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.
In the wild nale Overberg Duck will guard their nest by chasing away other ducks. Once the female Overberg 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. 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.
Overberg 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. Overberg Ducks on average, live 4 to 8 years and can live up to 12 years, depending on the breed.
Features of the Overberg Ducks Feet
A male adult Overberg Duck is called a (drake) and a adult female Overberg Duck is called a (hen). A young baby Overberg Duck is called a (duckling). A group of ducks is called a brace, raft, team, flock, or paddling. The male Overberg 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.
Overberg Ducks have webbed feet, that makes them act like paddles, designed for swimming. The Overberg 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 Overberg Ducks paddle feet do not feel cold, even when it swims in cold icy water. The webbed feet makes a Overberg Duck waddle instead of walk. The Overberg 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 ducks feet warm. Overberg Ducks feet are thin because they contain soft tissue and few muscles.
Features about Overberg Ducks Bill
A "bill" is what is call a duck's mouth. There are no teeth in the Overberg Ducks bill, they have rows of thin bristles, which helps them to filter pieces of nutrition out of the water. Overberg 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 Overberg 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 Overberg Duck to clutch food for feeding.
Underneath the water-proof coat are downy soft fluffy feathers which keep the Overberg Ducks body warm. Overberg Ducks keep clean by being able to turn their heads completely backwards, and put their beaks into their feathers by preening themselves.
The Overberg Ducks can see in color with very good vision and can see well underwater. Overberg 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 Overberg 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.
Overberg Duck Water-proof feathers
A special feature that the Overberg Duck has is its water-proof feathers, even when the Overberg 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 Overberg Ducks tail which covers and spreads the outer coat of the Overberg Ducks feathers, which makes the duck water-proof. The definition of Anatidaephobia is irrational fear that you are being watched by a duck.