Origin : England
Alyesbury Duck : Aylesbury ducks were held in high esteem in England in the 1800s for many reasons including: their beautiful appearance, light bones and mild-flavored meat. One of the first breeds brought to the United States, this breed was included in the first publication of the American Standards of Perfection in 1874. The Aylesbury is able to mate naturally, especially if the birds are protected against obesity by being allowed to be active.
Origin : England
Silver Appleyard Duck : This big, colorful duck was developed by Reginald Appleyard at his famous Priory Waterfowl Farm near Bury St. Edmund, England. They are one of the best layers among the heavyweight duck, laying between 220 to 265 large white shelled eggs per year.
Appleyard meat is lean and flavorful. They are active foragers with calm temperaments and will tend to stay close to home if well fed. The American Poultry Association accepted the breed for inclusion to the American Standard of Perfection in 2000.
Origin : Massachusetts, US
Rouen Duck : Rouen ducks originated in France and were brought to England around 1800. The Rouen boasts beautiful colored plumage, and is considered by breeders to be the ultimate exhibition duck for its beauty and size.
These birds make delicious roasting ducks and have abundant, delicately flavored meat. The Rouen is known for being slow to mature, making it impractical for commercial farms. The breed was added to the American Standards of Perfection in 1874.
Origin : Orpington, England
Buff Duck : The Buff, also know as the Buff Orpington, was developed by the William Cook family in the Orpington area of Kent, England, in the early 1900s. Both their size and feather color make them excellent roasting ducks. In 1914, this breed was admitted into the American Standard of Perfection under the name “Buff”, after the brown, sandy color of its feathers.
The Buff is considered an excellent dual-purpose duck because of its good egg laying ability, medium size, and light colored pinfeathers.
Origin : China
Pekin Duck : The Pekin is a classic duck made famous by the popular Chinese dish, which shares its namesake. Native to China, this breed was first imported from Peking into both England and the United States in 1873. It was accepted into the American Poultry Association the following year in 1874.
Pekin are known for their ferret-white plumage and deep orange bill and legs. They are characterized as an active and gregarious breed and remain the most popular duck raised in the US.