The Silver Appleyard Duck is easy going, fun and easy to manage in small or large flocks. They grow very rapidly, lay very well and make a good choice for a dual purpose domestic duck. Some have claimed they laid 200-270 eggs in a full 12 month span. The breed originated from the 1930's by Reginald Appleyard, a well know breeder in England. The Silver Appleyard duck was brought into the USA in the late 1960's and become better known and shown in the 1980's which lead them to be accepted into the American Poultry Standard of Perfection in 1998. They are bred for egg and meat production and will go broody eventually and can raise a clutch of 8-12 ducklings easily. Females can have a lot of variations in color, which allows for easy identification of individuals within the flock. The female Appleyards could be described as lighter colored mallards. They have a lot of silver white in their face, neck and breast and dramatic feathers with dark stippling over tan on their shoulders and wings.
Interestingly enough, the male Silver Appleyard tend to get lighter in color as they age, and females tend to darken. Cackle Hatchery® offers these in small quantities of baby ducklings because of our 2017 small parent flock.