Ducks are a quirky, quacky, handy addition to any homestead. Once you’ve decided to keep ducks, you may be wondering which duck breed would be best for you.
According to John Metzer of Metzer Farms in Gonzales, California, domestic ducks essentially can be categorized by two key characteristics: nervous or calm. The characteristically nervous breeds include Runner, Khaki Campbell and White Crested ducks. Each of these ducks has its advantages. Runners are exemplary foragers, Khaki Campbells are highly productive egg layers and White Crested ducks have a charming tuft of feathers atop their heads. But for first-time duck owners, Metzer recommends breeds that are quieter and less skittish.
“There are some [ducks] that are more nervous than others, and you may want to shy away from those,” he explains. “Other than that, it’s sort of appearance and characteristics that you like.”