Breed Club Secretary
Ducks come under the brief of:
· The Domestic Waterfowl Club of Great Britain
· The British Waterfowl Association
The breed has been written about since the first standards in 1865 but has been known by a variety of names such as ‘Buenos Aries Duck’, ‘Labrador’ and ‘Black Brazilian’. They are mentioned in Lewis Wright in the 1890’s as a beautiful bird selected for no white or brown feathering and being around the 4 to 5 pound weight….now they have been bred down to 11/2 to 2 pounds.
Kept as pairs or alternatively trios . . . depending upon the drakes energy levels. They lay one possibly two clutches per year . . . thus will not sit and brood if the eggs are removed. Excellent fliers can thus be pinioned. Consult the vet for further information about this.
As in the Cayuga and solid colour Runners the females will often fade and get white feathers with age . . . they will still breed true. White feathers in the male can appear on the chest with age if a number of males fight, if this is not the cause DO NOT breed from them.