May’s Duck of the Month

Hi.

Winchester
Winchester

My name is Winchester. I am a two-year old Khaki Campbell female and I am a rogue. Being a rogue, I don’t mind spending time away from the rest of the flock. I am an expert at escaping from the duck yard. My second name is Houdini and I’ve been like this since I was just a little sprite. I’m not sure why, because I don’t want to run away, I only want to go into another section of the duck yard or into Momma & Pappa Duck’s back yard. Last year I used to fly over the fence but now I just look for a hole large enough to get my little body through.

BFFs - Aflack & Winchester
BFFs – Aflack & Winchester

Before she died suddenly my BFF was Aflack. She was a female Pekin. We were the oldest two ducks in our brace. We were born about a week apart in the same incubator. I just waited a week longer than she did to exit my egg. You’d think a Houdini like me would be in a hurry to get out of the confinement of an eggshell.

Laying eggs is very important to me and I lay an egg almost every day. My breed is the top-notch when it comes to laying eggs. Us Khakis lay an average of 300+ eggs a year. Not bad, huh? We aren’t very famous for brooding our own eggs though. Can’t be best at everything I guess.

I do like snacks. One of my favorites is dry cat food. I will get in Momma Duck’s lap to grab a few kibbles. In the summer I love watermelon, fresh lettuce and peach peelings. Although dried meal worms are tasty, my very favorite treat is a nice fat earthworm.

The Khaki Campbell is a breed of domestic duck developed by Mrs. Adel Campbell of Uley, Gloucestershire, England at the turn of the 19th century.

They are a smaller breed duck with an adult weighing 3 to 5 lbs. They are said to be flighty but when raised by hand since hatching, they are very friendly. They also look very nice when seen against a green lawn. Mrs. Campbell was hoping to breed a buff color duck. The ducks rebelled, of course, and turned out to be a khaki color. Their feathers were about the same color as the English Army uniforms, thus the name “Khaki Campbell.”

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