- Welsh Harlequin Ducks
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.
PLEASE NOTE: This availability chart is updated periodically 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.
We schedule all orders to ship ASAP when the entire order is available. If you would like to delay your order, you can specify your delay date at checkout.
There is an additional small order fee ($20) charged for orders of only 3-14 poultry. We do not ship less than 3 poultry.
- Poultry Show Class: Light
- Weights: Hen-----4 1/2 lbs Drake-----5 1/2 lbs
- Purpose and Type: Egg Laying; Exhibition
- Egg Color:White
- Egg Production: Good 100-150 a year
- Egg Size: Large
- Temperament: Very Calm
- Gender Accuracy: 100%
- Fertility Percentage: 60-75%
- Broody: Setters
- Mating Ratio: 8 Females to 1 Male
- Roost Height: Floor
- Place of Origin: Wales
- APA: Yes, Recognized by the Standard of Perfection
- ALBC: Warch, Considered a Sustainable Heritage Duck Breed.
- Breeder Farm Source: "Cackle Hatchery® Poultry Breeding Farm" developing our bloodline or strain of pure Silver Welsh Harlequin Ducks since 1992.
Thanks Review by 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! (Posted on 11/25/2019)
Fantastic Females! Review by Tim
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 !!! (Posted on 9/22/2019)
Lovely girls Review by E
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. (Posted on 6/26/2019)
good egg layer Review by chicken lady
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. (Posted on 1/12/2018)
Welshie ducks Review by Meri
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. (Posted on 6/4/2017)
Good Review by Colby
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! (Posted on 4/19/2017)
Amazing pets, friendly, funny and the best of all we have Review by Nick
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. (Posted on 7/14/2016)
My first time ordering through the mail. Review by Bea
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. (Posted on 4/17/2016)
Great Experience Review by 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. (Posted on 4/15/2016)
Love my ducks Review by Cindy
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. (Posted on 3/12/2016)
Thank You Cackle Hatchery Review by Kim Washington May 2015
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! (Posted on 1/11/2016)