In 2015 we started our flock of Aylesbury ducks by hatching out four ducklings - three ducks and one drake.
We looked at a lot of different breeds before deciding which ducks to keep. We chose Aylesburys because:
- They're a good dual purpose breed, capable of producing either good sized birds for the table or plenty of large, tasty eggs during the laying season;
- The breed is classed as a 'Native Poultry Breed at Risk' by the Rare Breed Survival Trust; and
- We live in the Vale of Aylesbury, where the breed originated from in the 18th century.
There are only a few suppliers of genuine Aylesbury ducks in the UK, which made it difficult to source a good utility strain. After much searching we eventually decided to order some eggs from a breeder in Cornwall to hatch out ourselves. Doing it this way means it will take us a little longer to establish a mature breeding flock, but we think it's going to be worth it to ensure that we have the best possible stock in the long run.
We have small numbers of eggs and ducklings for sale. If you'd like to be kept up-to-date on their availability then please contact us.