- Ancona Ducks
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.
We can not ship ducks to Hawaii.
Availability Table coming soon. In the meantime, check out the Master Availability Table
PLEASE NOTE: Availability chart is updated weekly and does not reflect the availability of in-store poultry and does not represent a guarantee of shipping date.
We hatch/ship February - September of each season. See Calendar.
In the checkout process, please indicate in the comment section your desired hatch/ship date with desired month or ASAP.
There is an additional small order fee ($20) charged for orders of only 3-14 poultry. We do not ship less than 3 poultry.
- Weights - Hen-------7 lbs Drake------8 lbs
- Purpose and Type: Egg Laying; Exhibition
- Egg Color - White, Cream or Blue
- Egg Production - Excellent 210 - 280 eggs yearly
- Egg Size: Large to Extra Large
- Temperament: Docile
- Gender Accuracy: 100%
- Fertility Percentage: 60-75%
- Broody: Setters
- Mating Ratio: 7 Females to 1 Male
- Roost Height: Floor
- Country of Origin - England
- APA: No
- ALBC: Critical Status, Considered a sustainable heritage duck breed.
- Breeder Farm Source: "Cackle Hatchery® Poultry Breeding Farm" developing our bloodline or strain of Ancona Duck breed since 1977.
Duck tales Review by McKnight Family
Our three ducklings are all grown-up this year! They are gentle, quiet and great bug eaters in our garden. Two females and one male--these ducks are amazing and lay eggs every day! Beautiful, elegant and graceful swimmers in our garden pond. (Posted on 6/17/2019)
Ancona babies Review by Kat
I received my ancona ducklings today. All of them very energetic and healthy. They are adorable! Each one is unique, I cant her over how cute they are!! I ordered 3 and was thrilled to open the carrier and found 4 of them! They arrived in excellent shape and all have names. Yes, I recommend this hatchery!! In fact I plan on ordering more anconas when they become available. (Posted on 6/5/2019)
Excellent! Review by New duck mama
Absolutely love my ducklings! I ordered 4 ducks received 5. All are doing very well! My only, if you can call it a complaint, is that the tracking for shipping was way off. It told me they wouldn't be there til Saturday, low and behold they showed up on the Thursday before. But I wasnt disappointed to get these cute lil guys 2days early! (Posted on 5/17/2019)
Super Happy! Review by Corn Fed
Ordered ten Ancona ducklings last spring. Ended up with an even split drakes/ducks. They arrived much healthier than any birds I’ve purchased from feed stores and they all grew to adults. They’re super personable, and the girls are the best layers I’ve ever owned. They give us five eggs a day without fail. SO happy with them! (Posted on 11/16/2018)
good ducks Review by EZ
I ordered one and he turned out to be a drake. He is pretty nice and likes to walk around with my Indian runner hen. I would recommend. (Posted on 2/25/2018)
Love my Ancona hen! Review by Tiffany
Our Ancona hen is very smart, beautiful, and sweet. She is a talker and a favorite of the boys. (Posted on 12/2/2017)
wonderful ducklings! Review by taylor
i may be bias when i say this, for i have always wanted one of these. it looks like they've been dumped on by one of Mother Nature's can of paints. i usually just get surplus ducks, or more common breeds, but i finally broke down and bought an ancona duck to go with the rest of my duck order for this yr ! i am so glad, bc just 1 week later & they are sold out for the rest of the yr!!! :) extremely healthy when they arrived, he has beautiful markings & a striking appearance, has a "sweetest little thing" personality, as well. then i read in the description they also are good layers, which i was formerly unaware of. what's not to love? <3 (Posted on 7/1/2017)
Ancona ducks <3 Review by Laura
I received 4 ancona ducks in my "cackle surprise box" hatch date 3/13/17 and I love them. they survived shipping through the evil blizzard stella. They are 8 weeks old now and so funny. I never knew I could love ducks. They are like little circus clowns quacking around my yard. Thank you so much to whoever packed my box. (Posted on 5/7/2017)
Virginia 2017 Review by cindy
love the ducks-quick shippment. all healthy. I was very disappointed that out of 16 ducklings I only received 1 female. expected a few more than that. (Posted on 4/27/2017)
Healthy strong duck Review by David
My Ancona is very healthy and lively. He was agressive towards my cayagu that passed away so I named him killer. Killer can fly prettu good for a duck that isnt supposed to fly. He is almost a year old and a great backyard duck. (Posted on 1/28/2017)
Love My Ancona Ducks from Cackle Hatchery Review by Susan in Atlanta
I have been planning on getting some backyard ducks for over a year. When I found myself actually in Lebanon (I'm from Atlanta, GA), I couldn't help but stop by and see the ducklings myself. The hatchery is clean with chicks and ducklings in chick condos that kept them warm had happy. What an amazing amount of peeping! I had planned on getting Indian Runners, but they were out of Indian Runners but did have Anconas. They were very cute and healthy. I was able to get them sexed and I think became the proud mother duck of two Ancona female babies. These were very healthy little ducks who roadtripped around Missouri and through Kentucky and Tennesee before making it home. I researched these heritage breed ducks and they are excellent egg layers (some say 300 or more per year), with great personalities that prefer naturally to stay close to home, don't fly, and are big enough at full adult size to deter most raptors (there is a reason that Atlanta's football team are the Falcons-raptors are everywhere!). The ducks are growing by leaps and bounds. I used warmers for the first week and then kept them in bathroom of my house with the window open (it's in the 90's here in Georgia) so I didn't really set up a brooder and they have done great. Mine are just now turning white/grey/black at almost 5 weeks. I've kept them on organic non-medicated chick crumble with poultry booster (more niacin) and am switching them over to a new mix this week. No Angel Wing, no bowed legs or leg issues. Just cute, healthy, happy ducks. I recommend Cackle Hatchery and I highly recommend Ancona ducks. (Posted on 6/27/2016)
Dear Cackle Hatchery Review by Lisa from Hemlock, NY
I received my shipment of Ancona ducklings on 3/30/16 and I just wanted to compliment you on the birds received, they are strong, bright and really came through the shipping wonderfully! All are eating, drinking and running around the kiddy pool like nobody’s business! I could not be more pleased with the order, not to mention the extra bird sent and the beautiful markings and it appears they will have color variation as well, my business belongs to the Cackle Hatchery! (Posted on 3/31/2016)
sexing Review by Tash
I love the anconas I got from Cackle hatchery the only thing was I only got 6 girls out of the 17 you sent. though I'm going to eat the extra males I would have liked to have a few more females. (Posted on 2/20/2016)
Ancona Ducks Review by Misty
I just LOVE these ducks...they are beautiful and colorful... they are a very good size for eating...they grow very fast...not as greasy as pekins very tasty!!! they stay home and have never tried to fly...they beat there wings but hardy raise off the ground... very social ducks!!!!! (Posted on 2/8/2016)
Great ducks and chicks Review by Bob of wv
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)