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Origin England
Class Heavyweight
Egg Production 200-270 per year
Weight Drakes 9.0 lbs
Ducks 8.0 lbs
Status Rare

The Appleyard is a breed of domestic duck originated during the 1930s by Reginald Appleyard at his farm in West Suffolk County, Enland.[1] Appleyard's ambition was to create a large, attractive breed while prolific egg-layer.

The breed was first introduced to the U.S. public in 1984 and admitted into the APA Standard in 2000.


The Appleyard Duck is a "large, sturdily built duck" with a "blocky" physique and a prominent breast. When full grown it weighs between six and eight pounds.

Drakes of this breed have a yellow or greenish-colored bill which sometimes takes on a striated appearance when the duck is older. The drake has a chestnut red breast, flank, sides, and shoulders with white "frosting and lacing" and a "creamy or silvery white" underside. Drakes' wings are gray and white with a cross-stripe of bright blue. Their tail feathers are a dark bronze color. Feet and legs are orange.

Hens have a yellow or orange bill with a black "bean". Plumage is whitish with markings in various shades of brown and gray. Her legs are yellow or orange with dark toenails and she, like the drake, also has wings marked with a blue cross-stripe.

The British Waterfowl Standards book lists criteria for an ideal example of this breed including (but not limited to) criteria such as:

  • A well-rounded head feathered in iridescent green over brown black
  • A slightly erect, alert and busy carriage
  • A rump which is brown black with a slight iridescence, laced with white
  • Legs that are set slightly back and well apart
  • A medium length bill that is not wedge-shaped and that rises in a gentle curve to the brow
  • Dark brown eyes


  • Mini
  • Silver
  • Gold (uncommon or near-extinct)


Sources and referencesEdit

  1. Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks pg. 66, "Appleyard"

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