Khaki Campbell duck breed FAQ

Q. WHY DO YOU KEEP DUCKS?

A. Being vegetarians we do not eat the ducks, only their eggs. We also don’t have a male duck so the eggs are not fertile. We keep ducks because we like animals, enjoy their company and personalities and find it satisfying to have a part in providing additional sustenance into our diets. Our ducks are organically vege-fed with no antibiotics, medications, or drugs. We supplement their grain and soybean diet with extra greens and vegetables from our garden as well as pesky bugs and insects. Dixie and Dawn were carefully hand-raised as pets from day-old ducklings and are friendly, sociable and are trained to come at a whistle. And what a quirky twosome they are!

Q. WHY KHAKI CAMPBELLS?

A.Campbell ducks are small, personable and easy to handle which makes them a perfect asset for a small urban homestead.

Q. ARE THEY LOUD?

A. No, only when excited, scared, while being fed, or when begging for treats! They are normally very quiet with often a soft chattering sound or gentle grunts. Khaki Campbells are also known for being one of the quieter breeds of ducks.

Q. DO THEY SMELL AND ARE THEY MESSY?

A. Ducks can be messy if they are not managed properly. They enjoy shoveling their food around and splashing water. They also extremely enjoy mud. So a little ingenuity is all that it takes to make clean up easy. Because ducks drink so much water, their manure is fairly diluted and is easily absorbed into the mulch we spread in their coop. Sometimes a hose and a rake is all that is need for daily maintenance.

Q. HOW MANY EGGS DO YOU GET?
Campbell Ducks were bred to be exceptional egg layers. A Campbell’s prolific egg laying capabilities are one of its most recognizable characteristics. Widely considered to be the most productive laying duck, hens have been consistently recorded to lay an average of 350 eggs per year. We get usually one egg a day from each of our ducks. That’s two eggs a day, though occasionally one duck will take a rest and skip a day.

Q. DO DUCK EGGS TASTE DIFFERENT?
Khaki Campbell eggs are large, have smooth white, sometimes greenish shells and a more intense flavor. Cooking with duck eggs doesn’t call for major revision in recipes or in technique but, because they have more fat and more albumen (the protein in the white) than chicken eggs, they have more structure when cooked. For this reason, many people prefer duck eggs for baking as the extra protein creates additional loft in cakes. But since the deep yellow yolks are so rich, baked goods may also be richer with duck eggs. Duck eggs cook a bit faster than chicken eggs when hardboiled and when scrambled, they are firmer in texture. We freely substitute duck eggs for chicken eggs in cakes, cookies, and breads.

Q. DO THEY NEED A POND?

A. Campbell’s are primarily land ducks. They do not require large amounts of swimming water to keep healthy as most other breeds do but they definitely enjoy playing or taking a bath in small trays of water.

Q. DO THEY FLY?

A. Domesticated ducks have been bred in captivity for hundreds of years, making their body weight too heavy to allow flight.

Q. MORE ABOUT THE KHAKI CAMPBELL BREED:

A. Khaki Campbell’s originated in England, developed in 1901 by a Ms. Adele Campbell of Uley, Gloucestershire. Khaki Campbell’s are a cross between Indian Runner, Mallard, and Rouen, effectively combining egg laying capability and a medium sized bird.

Comments(16)

  1. marco says:

    Hallo,
    I think this article very interesting.

    • tO MUCH INFO says:

      The article was terrific and inspired me in so many ways to become a proud duck owner. I just ordered Khaki Campbell Eggs and I am expecting them soon. I have my incubator all set and ready to go to make way for the arrival of the new addition to the family. But, i do have one question….WHAT GENDER IS BETTER AND MORE MANAGIBLE……A MALE OR FEMALE KHAKI CAMPBELL DUCK???

  2. Michelle says:

    Hi I just wanted to let you know I live In Australia ,Victoria ,Eaglehawk I am living in a small 700 square metre block and I am slowly turning my backyard of dust into a beautiful vegie garden.At christmas I got a baby duck and alittle fowl I really dont know what she is my duck is a Khaki campbell and he is the best pet I have ever owned he is a pleasure to have with a bonus personality these ducks make better pets then dogs.he loves for you to turn the hose on gentle and spray him he quacks at the kids when they come home or if I go outside and he loves his little fowl he grooms her she dosent like it .she tells him when its bed and they both go into the hutch at night together.What fantastic pets!

    • Dan says:

      You should never have just one duck it will get linely

  3. Lola Brown says:

    This is great. I thought we were the only people that named each and every chicken and duck. I love it. i found this site looking for ducks. We have a 10 year old Khaki Campbell named Jerry. He comes to the call of his name. He is our oldest and dare I say, most treasured duck, but we love them all. My son plays fetch with him. It is pretty funny, but the ducks seems to love it.

  4. Marco says:

    Hello, I bought two Campbell born March 16. They are a duck and a drake. When can I have the first egg? And when she start the breeding? Thank you, sincerely.

  5. Kelly says:

    I am a new duck owner, recently i hatched 2 ducklings one is a Pekin and the other a Khaki Campbell. Can anyone give me some tips on them? Wanda who is the khaki is a little agressive people other then myself. Is this because she was born before Moby (the pekin) and has imprinted on me from day one?
    Im planning on keeping them in my backyard in a dogrun with a little duckhouse to put them in at night and a kiddie pool. What is the best ground covering for them?
    Thanks to anyone who can help me out!!!

  6. Matthew says:

    i am thinking of getting some khakis but want to know if they are flighty

    • tO MUCH INFO says:

      No, unfortunatley because of their heavy body wieght, they are not breed to fly. Domesticated ducks have been bred in captivity for hundreds of years, making their body weight too heavy to allow flight.

  7. Miss Ra'chel says:

    Well, I guess I was right in my inclination for wanting to get Khaki Campbells for eggs. 🙂 I’d love to have some about now, and that’s interesting what you said about the baking and cooking differences between using duck and chicken eggs.

    I also didn’t know you all were vegetarian. 🙂 Do you guys do a lot of raw foods too? 🙂

    • Anais says:

      @Miss Ra’chel: Hi! Glad you enjoyed the duck egg post. Think we wrote that a few years back! Time flies. We are so enjoying the new baby ducks, they are so funny and cute . Yeah I know, I musta said that about a thousand times today. LOL. Yep, been vegetarian for 18 years now. Of course we eat dairy and occasionally fish. As for raw, I wouldn’t consider us raw foodies but we enjoy eating lots of raw vegetables and lightly cooked foods.

      • tO MUCH INFO says:

        is a female duck better than male?? or is it the other wat around…..or are they both a delight to have:)
        🙂

        • david says:

          Depends on what you want them for females for eggs and males for meat.

  8. Mandy says:

    What type of grains do you feed your duck?

    I’m interested in getting some Campbell ducks, but I don’t know what to feed them or even where to purchase the feed….

    Where do you get your feed for your ducks?

  9. H says:

    Hi I was wondering if any one can give me some advice on my khaki campbell ducks I have a male and female which are outside in a duck pen they are pets but my female is now sitting in eggs and we are not sure what to do or what happens next can anyone give me some advice I would be truly grateful thanks.

  10. Alicia says:

    Khaki Campbells can fly, ot good to share false information with people. We just had our Khaki Campbell duck fly away today 🙁 my heart is broken. So yes they do indeed fly. Also a quick google search will provide the visual proof of this.

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