The Ancona duck was developed in Great Britain during the early twentieth century. They mature out on the average to about six to six and a half pounds and are a stocky built duck. There is no set design to their broken color pattern. The Ancona ducks are an excellent layer, a hardy all-purpose duck that grows relatively quickly. Typically they have moderately calm temperaments and make good yard ducks as they tend to stay closer to the home. They typically do not fly and make good backyard ducks.
I have been ordering ducks and chicks from cackle for years and i have never been disappointed yet. All chicks always come in alive and well (Posted on 12/27/2015)
pre-duckling comments Review by mew; Central Texas Dec, 2015
Dec 2015, too early to order babies. I'm switching from hens to ducks next year. From all I've read, the Ancona should be almost ideal. They follow the matriarch rather than a drake, like most breeds. Means they're feeding with the intent of producing eggs, rather than the bullying demands of a male. Also a 2' fence is enough to keep them contained. Looking forward to finding out if all that is written is actually true!! (Posted on 12/19/2015)
Cackle Hatchery Review by AJ, North Carolina April 2012
First off, I've been exceeding happy with my chicks, poults and ducklings i received on April 11 from Cackle Hatchery. All were alive when I received them. I'm also extremely pleased with the after delivery service I received. After receiving my shipment, I read on your instructions you shouldn't raise day old/week old ducklings with chicks or poults. When I called I was greeted by a polite and pleasant lady who informed me why you don't raise ducklings with other poultry. And more importantly I want to thank you for hatching healthy chicks, duckling and poults. Also the great before and after service you provide. (Posted on 12/4/2015)
Cackle Hatchery Review by Sue Alabama May 2010
Thank you for your great service. Our Ancona ducklings arrived yesterday all alive and well. Today we had to add a pan under their water bottle because they like to play in it. They are so much fun to watch running around in their brooder. Thanks again. (Posted on 11/16/2015)