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Duck, all the information

Duck, all the information

Dwarf duck: sale, breeding, price, nutrition and all useful information on the smallest duck in the world.

If you look for it on wikipedia, you probably won't find much information:dwarf duckit is not a taxonomic species or subspecies like the ones we are used to find on wikipedia. L'dwarf duckit's arace, that is, a selection created by breeders, crossing after crossing, until its characteristic features remain stable in the future progeny. First of all, the tonnage: thedwarf duckis thedomestic duck (Anas platyrhynchos) smallest in the world.

Dwarf duck: origins

Its Dutch origins have not yet been ascertained. L'dwarf duckit has been bred in the Netherlands for centuries and the first documented references place it right here.

The first references todwarf duckdate back to the second half of the XXVII century when, the English naturalist Francis Willunghby (1634 - 1672) wrote aboutdwarf ducksused in small cages as a recall during hunting trips, to capture thewild ducks. According to some scholars, there is a possibility that thedwarf duckit was imported to Holland from Japan.

Dwarf duck: characteristics

The male weighs around 900 grams while the female reaches 800 grams in weight. At the top of the head, thedwarf duckreaches a height of about 20 cm.

It has a compact and tapered body, even the lines of the garment are rounded and do not form any sharp angle or edge. L'dwarf duckit has a short and wide beak, the protruding cheeks give it a nice look, worthy of a pet.

The legs have a variable color: from orange to almost black. The most common specimens have white plumage, however there are other varieties such as with colored plumage, an example is theblue dwarf duck.

The other typical features are:

  • High-pitched and repetitive lines
  • Low and horizontal posture
  • Short neck

Returning to the colors, as stated there are varieties with different plumage. According to the plumage we speak ofblue-yellow dwarf duckwild dwarf duck(silvery / gray in color), black dwarf duck... there are varieties with a tuft that is enhanced in the back of the head.

Duck: eggs

Reproduction is easy and prolific: in a year, a female produces on average fifty eggs. The production period is from March to June. Thedwarf duck eggsthey also lend themselves well tofood consumption.

It is easy toto breed. It is quite prolific and the females provide for hatching with an incubation period of 26-28 days. Females, on average, lay 7 - 8 eggs per brood. It is rare that the female does not want to take care of the hatching, in this case the eggs can be hatched by another palmiped or placed in an artificial incubator.

Duck: breeding

As stated, thedwarf duckit's easy toto breedand to be reproduced. You will have to follow her, in a first period, with patience and constancy: in this way she will become familiar with her breeder until she becomes sociable with man and mistress of his environment.

L'breedingit must take place in closed chicken coops or enclosures (equipped with a net of about 2 meters) that have a covered shelter (a simple shed closed on three sides is enough). In any case, thedwarf duckhe will need a large area for grazing and a clean water tank where he can wash, swim and quench his thirst.

If you do not have an artificial pond, you can buy tanks: on “this Amazon page“, you can find preformed ponds for 39.90 euros, with shipping costs included. If you intend to keep more specimens, you will need to set up a larger tank. The water must be replaced every day, especially in summer.

In cage farms, up to 3 specimens can be kept per square meter, but in any case, thedwarf ducksit is always advisable to prepare an open area for grazing for the ducks.

L'supplyofdwarf duckit is not like that of the othersdomestic ducks. It prefers grains (corn, wheat, barley, oats, sorghum, strictly ground). With outdoor grazing, thedwarf ducksthey can feed on insects and worms found in nature, including snails and wild herbs.

If you are thinking of raising the dwarf duck in your garden, know that at least in the first phase you cannot afford to always keep it free: escape is always possible, even after the dwarf duck has settled. For this it is good to have a closed aviary / shelter and a grazing area.

Duck: sale

If you want to buy a dwarf duck, you can check the classifieds sites or, more wisely, contact Fiav who will be able to put you in touch with a trusted breeder. Indicatively, the cost of a copy is around 30 - 40 euros.

In the photo above, an adult dwarf duck.

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