The welsh has become a very welcomed
addition on the farm. This wonderfully
alert, active bird is capable of laying in
excess of 300 eggs a year out-laying
many a chicken! They're wonderful
foragers and are capable of providing a
good amount of food for themselves by
foraging for greens and insects.
The first Welsh Harlequin was a sport having appeared from a flock of Khaki Campbells owned
by Leslie Bonnet of Wales in 1949. They were first imported into the U.S. in 1968. Welsh can
be found in Silver & Gold, with Gold being less common & not yet accepted into the APA
Standard of Perfection.
The Welsh possesses an interesting
trait that is not commonly found
amongst ducks and that is the ability to
sex ducklings at hatch with an
approximate 90% accuracy by bill color.
In the photo at right you can observe
the differences in bill color at hatch.
The duckling on the lower left is a
drakelet, with a solid-dark bill, the
duckling on the upper right is a ducklet,
distinguished by the orange bill with a
The ducklings above are both Silver-phase ducklings. Gold
phase ducklings will not have the dark-tipped down as you
can see on these two ducklings but will be yellow.
The photo above shows the differences between gold & silver phase drakes. The gold is on top, the silver below.
Notice the gold phase has a brown tail and the silver has a black tail.
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