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Waterfowl : Utility Breeds of Ducks : APPLEYARD
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Silver Appleyard Miniature
The Silver Appleyard (sometimes known as the Large Appleyard)
was originally produced in Great Britain
It is a good layer, an excellent table bird and attractive to look at.
ORIGIN : Great Britain in the 1930's and 40's by a gentleman by the name of Reginald Appleyard. He was a well known writer and breeder of domestic waterfowl.
BREEDING : His aim was to produce the perfect all-round utility duck.
EGGS: a good layer in days gone past, not any more.
SIZE : heavy; drakes- 8-9 lbs (3.6-4.1 kg)
ducks - 7 -8lbs (3.2-3.6kg)
MEAT: It was created as an excellent table bird, sadly the good utility stocks are mostly lost.
TEMPERAMENT : Both the male and female have a lively carriage, slightly erect with their back sloping gently from shoulder to tail. Broad is a description of many of their features - body; tail; bill. They are well rounded and alert; with
their orange legs set slightly back. They have tight plumage and have dark hazel eyes.
THE MALE : Dark green head has silvery markings and a white/silver line separates the claret feathers at the base of the neck and the shoulders. The claret feathers of the breast have white beneath and the bib fades into silver under the body. Over the back the claret merges into dark grey feathers and the rump is solid dark green, as are the feathers under the tail. The tail itself is grey with broad white edging.
Their wings have chestnut, grey and white with a iridescent blue flash. The drakes bill should be yellow - green.
The drakes are quick to mature and used to make fine table fowl - about 8-9 pound in weight
THE FEMALE: The ducks head and neck are silver white with a band of brown flecked fawn over the crown and back of their neck. This band merges into the heavily fawn flecked feathering of her back without a break. A fine fawn line marks through the eye. most of the body from breast to flank is creamy white. The tail is darker fawn as are the wings. Her bill is yellow with a brown saddle.
A good duck used to lay over 150 (maybe 180) large white eggs a year - she weighs in at around 7-8 pounds.
perfect Silver Appleyard
the British Waterfowl Standards book 1999
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few birds will come up to this very high exhibition standard.
rounded head with a slightly raised brow
green (over brown black feathers)
with dark brown markings over her brow and crown
erect, alert and busy, the drake is more upright than the duck
length, not too thin and only slightly curved, becoming thicker at the
base and joining smoothly at the body.
green (over brown black feathers) which stops above the shoulder with a
complete silver white ring
line between fawnish buff and the light brown streaked cream body
red brown with silver white lacing which finishes in a line from the wing
elegant bird with a longish almost rectangular body, but no keel
is silvery white to cream
brown grey feathers on the back are each laced with white
brown streaked cream
black with a slight iridescence, laced with white.
brown streaked cream
elevated; brownish black bordered with white
elevated; fawn, edged with cream
white; dark grey iridescence overlay;
green iridescence to the wing flashes;
tipped with white and black
white; dark grey iridescence overlay; at the end of the wings are darker
feet and webs
are set a little back and well apart
and a little longer than ducks
dark grey as possible
length, rising in a gentle curve to the brow but not wedge shaped
green with a black bean at the tip
grey, almost black
The Silver Appleyard Miniature was developed by Tom Bartlett of Folly Farm in the 1980's with the same general characteristics and colour as for the large just in miniature.
The drakes weigh around 3 pounds and the ducks around 2.5 . They are full of character and points to avoid are looking too much like mallards - long beaks and racy bodies.
It is easily confused with theSilver Bantam by some ; this was originally known as the Silver Appleyard Bantam and
was produced by Reginald Appleyard as a cross between a small khaki Campbell and a white Call Drake in the 1940's.
Tim and Jill Bowis
Kintaline Mill Farm,
Benderloch, OBAN Argyll PA37 1QS Scotland
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