Stifftails: 

                                North American Ruddy Duck 

 

 

Diving Ducks:

                                               Redheads

 

 

 

Ringneck ducks or Ringbills are native to  North America. Ringneck ducks are fairly easy to breed although being a little more sensitive to their habitat than other pochards. They prefer long grass over nest boxes and can be disturbed during breeding season by more aggressive ducks. They will hybridize with Scaups and Tufted ducks. They lay a clutch of 7-9 eggs which are incubated for about 26 days. Ringnecks do acquire their adult plumage the first year but most do not breed until their second year.

 

 

 

 

                                            Canvasbacks 

 

 

 

 

 

Lesser Scaup are native to North America. They are a calm duck that does well in a mixed collection. They are smaller than the Greater Scaup and have more of a purplish head as opposed to the green of the Greater Scaup, these two should never be kept together. Lesser's will nest in natural cover as well as ground boxes. They lay a clutch of 7-9 eggs which are incubated for about 24 days. Lesser Scaup obtain their breeding plumage the first year and will breed in the first year as well. 

 

 

 

 

 

                                           Greater Scaup 

 

Ruddy ducks are native to North America. The Ruddy duck is built for an almost totally aquatic life their feet are set back much further than most species allowing them to dive with ease but making them very ackward on land. Ruddies breed fairly easily and once started can lay large clutches of eggs which are relatively large in comparison to the hens. Ruddies will nest in ground boxes or in natural cover, they can be somewhat parasitic and may dump eggs in other birds nest. If they do nest by themselves they lay a clutch of 6-8 eggs and incubate for about 24 days. Ruddies usually don't breed until their second year.

                                                        

 

 

Redheads are native to North America.  In captivity they are a calm easily kept duck that does well in a mixed collection.  They will hybridize with Canvasbacks, however, and should be kept seperate from them. Redheads will nest in a ground box or natural cover.  Some hens will deposit eggs in other ducks nests, however, most hens will make a nest of their own. They lay a clutch of  7-8 eggs which they incubate about 27 days. Redheads will breed their first year.

 

 

 

 

 

                                          Ringneck Ducks 

 

 

 

Canvasbacks are native to North America and are beautiful ducks to keep. They are very calm and do well in a mixed collection. They will hybridize with other pochards, especially Redheads, other than that are very easy to keep. Cans can, however, be difficult to get to breed if you don't have natural grasses in your avairies. Some Can hens will nest in a ground box but most prefer to nest in long grass. They lay a clutch of 7-9 eggs which are incubated for about 26 days. Canvasbacks do achieve some color their first year but don't get their full color or breed until their second year.  

 

 

 

 

 

                                            Lesser Scaup 

 

 

 

 

Greater Scaup are native to North America. They do well in a mixed collection. They are a little larger than the Lesser Scaup. The drakes have an irridescent green head as opposed to the purple of the lesser, and the hens are a reddish brown compared to the chocolate brown of the lesser. These two species should never be housed together as they will inner breed. They prefer thick natural cover for nesting and lay a clutch of 6-8 eggs which are incubated for about 26 days. They do acquire their adult plumage in late winter of the first year, and will sometimes breed the first year.

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