Welsh Harlequin ducks originated in 1949 by Leslie Bonnet, a Wales duck breeder. This duck was imported to the USA between 1968 and 1980 and now is being sold in the USA. A descendant of the Khaki Campbell duck and an excellent egg producers, the Welsh Harlequin ducks are good backyard ducks and are being shown at many poultry shows throughout the USA. They are good foragers and capable of laying eggs at the top end of 240-300 eggs per year. At day of hatch these ducks can be sexed (gender determination) by slight differences in the color of their bill with about 85% accuracy for someone experienced. Normally males will have an overall darker bill while the females will have a lighter bill ending with a dark spot and within several day this bill distinction disappears. The most accurate gender determination is still inverting the vent and looking for the distinction. Cackle Hatchery® offers the Silver Welsh Harlequin variety of duck for sale.
We can not ship ducks to Hawaii.
For ducks you can order to ship in the Fall check out https://www.cacklehatchery.com/product/welsh-harlequin-ducks/
Ducklings arrived safe and healthy! They are now 3 months old and still are healthy and happy. The only thing, and this is totally my personal preference is, they are too golden-tan for my liking. I was expecting my hens to be a silver/white-grey with a dark beak. But other than their color, I am thrilled with the waterfowl!
My ducklings hatched 4-1-2020. While the weather can be touchy that early in the season my ducklings arrived very spunky right out of the box! They were all eating and drinking within minutes! The heat pack was still warm when I got them.
I ordered 6 females and one male and am very happy with them all.
They are 10 weeks old now and gorgeous! They have grown astoundingly fast and are doing great.
Thank you Cackle for the excellent care taken in shipping my birds.
Best duck ever
We received a lovely Welsh Harlequin in our Cackle surprise in early May, 2018. Kessler became a family favorite, smart, calm, and a reliable layer. We thought enough of her to hatch out her eggs (dad a Pekin, also a Cackle bird).
We have four of her children. She passed away suddenly a month ago. I miss her horribly and can’t find Welsh Harlequins to make my flock complete again.
The perfect pet duck. RIP Kessler, little mamma duck.
We ordered four welsh harlequin ducks from cackle Hatchery and they all arrived safely. They all have their own personalities and are so much fun! Thank you Cackle hatchery for such excellent ducks!
I wanted a more rare duck breed than the feed store ducklings so I ordered 4 ducks and got 4 ducks 31 days later. They were healthy, hungry and very cute.:)
Patrick Aldis –
Ducklings in 2020
First of all, with it being 2020 and considering current events, I’d like to thank cackle hatchery for staying open during the U.S. coronavirus outbreak and for getting my ducklings to me.
I ordered a variety of ducklings; black and blue swedish, fawn runners, khaki campbells, and some others. But the majority of the ones I ordered were Welsh Harelequins. So, I’m leaving the review on this page.
I got pretty much everything I asked for so far as I can see. I can’t tell ducklings genders just yet and I understand mistakes happen. But based on the paint on their head, I seem to have gotten everything. And, I even got an extra Khaki Campbell.
They were a bit sluggish when I first open the box, no doubt tired from trip in the mail. After giving them some food and water, they perked right up. But, even before feeding and watering them, they still seemed curious and inquisitive despite how exhausted they were. I could see them raising and tilting their heads to get a better look at the world as soon as I pulled the lid off the box.
Today will be the third day I have had them. And they’re still looking good and energetic. Its adorable seeing them eat a piece of crumble and vigorously bob their head trying to swallow it and then go get some water to wash it down. I’ve also noticed when I talk to them, they seem to peep a bit louder in response.
I would say I’ll order again next year, but, truth be told, I’ve actually already ordered again this year, though, the other order is what amounts to about 80 chickens on top of the 20 I already own. If I had to guess, in be leaving my chicken review on the splash laced red wyandotte page since I ordered about 8 of them since I found the red and white to be such a striking pattern.
But, until then, thank you for getting my ducks to me during this time. I’m already looking at ordering guineas next year.
Hilltop coop –
I bought 6 females and recieved them live and healthy. They are a skittish breed but great egg layers. Roughly 1/day for 3 months straight so far. Buying more due to demand for my area
Doug and Pam –
My husband and I drove over four hours to pick up Welch Harlequin ducks. Of course, we ended up with more than our order because we walked in and found lots of other ducks to choose from. The guys at the counter were great and help us with our purchases. We really enjoyed our trip and will definitely buy from you again!
Cackle Hatchery did a great job! We ordered 10 female Welsh in March 2019. And here 5 months later we have ZERO green heads or Drake feathers, still no eggs yet, but they should start soon. Their not the best heritage breed for all black bills and blue wing tips, but i have read theres 2 or 3 different Welsch breeds and I would say we have a mix of all 3. Some black bills, some grey bills, some speckled orange, some black spots with blue tips, some brown spots with brown tips, and a couple Golden or Buff colored, but all Beautiful. And we even got a free addition so we have ended up with 11 beautiful Welsh Harlequin Duck hens. Good job Cackle !!!
I have two welshes with one being three months old and one that’s five weeks old. They are both sweet but not quite comfortable around people yet. My youngest one has a beautiful dark bill, and my oldest gets along great with my chickens. Beautiful birds and I highly recommend them.
chicken lady –
good egg layer
I got a few of the welsh harlequin ducks and ended up giving them to a local farmer, except for one female. She has been laying eggs all winter, so great egg layer and she is a sweet duck. I must note that these are not friendly like Pekins. They are very skittish and do not like any noise or sudden movements. Not the best choice if looking for a pet.
I ordered 6 ducklings in 20016. They were so healthy and strong, I was very happy with them. I never lost a single duckling. Unfortunately 5/6 of the straight run ducklings were drakes. I only had one hen. She is a very good layer.
Well I recieved 6 ducks all alive, ordered five. Thank you cackle, the post office is the only area of problem being that the local branch closed at 12 noon!
Nick (verified owner) –
Amazing pets, friendly, funny and the best of all we have
Ok, so we bought lots of ducks from Crackle…Pekins, Cuyugas and more but these Welsh are by FAR my favorite. They are hilarious, friendly, funny, active and smart as heck! (For a bird of course) We have many but decided to pickout two for ‘pets’ on the porch and the rest in cages for now till they are big enough for the ponds..SO loving, so nice to hold and be petted, blow dried, and hand fed. Even the ‘wild’ ones outside awaiting being ponded are affectionate and friendly. As the pekins ages (6 weeks) the get less hold me hold me, but not the Welshy boys. With voices now changing its hilarious to hear the quack/fart/whistle sound as the enter the teenage years ! I HIGHLY recommend these ducks.
My first time ordering through the mail.
I bought 6 WH ducklings to come to northern MN. They all arrived alive and healthy. Very lively little things. All are doing well. I was very nervous some would die but not a single death and all are thriving. This was the best price I could find for the small order. Only wish that I could have bought sexed ducklings. All 5 stars and two thumbs up.
Sofie and Dylan –
We’ve had a great experience with Cackle Hatchery. We had ordered just 1 Welsh Harlequin, but knew it would be risky to send one by himself. So we paid for 2 more, and we were even sent a fourth. All of the ducklings arrived healthy and hungry! They each have their own personalities already. We were nervous with the shipping but the mailman was ecstatic when delivering them to our door. Thank you Cackle Hatchery for our newest additions, and the U.S Post Office for handling them with care. I will definitely be purchasing more ducklings in the future from your hatchery.
Love my ducks
I love my ducks, however I ordered 8 last year and discovered that 6 of them were male. I ended up having to get rid of 5 males because the males ganged up on the 2 females and killed one of them. I was thinking when i ordered them, that they would be about 50/50 male/female. Disappointed I spent all that money to end up with a pair of ducks.
Kim Washington May 2015 –
Thank You Cackle Hatchery
Thank You! The chicks arrived early this morning. On little turkey did not make it;however, you sent an extra so we received the exact number of (living) birds we ordered. They are all doing very well! As always, we are very happy with out ordering experience with Cackle Hatchery! Thank you!