Northern Shoveler 

 

 

 

 

 

 European Widgeons are native to Europe and Asia. European Widgeons are fairly easy to propogate. They can be kept in mixed collections altough calmer than their American cousins they can be quite active during breeding season which may disrupt shyer species. They should never be kept with American or Chiloe Widgeons as they will hybridize. Europeans will nest in ground boxes or natural cover. They lay a clutch of 7-9 eggs which are incubated for about 24 days. They acquire adult plumage the first year and will breed as well.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                 Falcated Duck

 

 

 

North American Black Ducks are native to Eastern North America. They resemble the hen Mallard but with a blacker contrast. There isn't much difference in the coloring of the hen and drake although the drake has an olive green bill. With characteristics of the Mallard they should be housed by themselves as the drakes will hybridize with about anything. Black ducks are very easy to breed and will adjust to almost any enclosure. They will nest in ground boxes and a lay a clutch of 9-11 eggs which are incubated for about 28 days. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                            American Widgeon 

 

 

 

 

 

Northern Pintails are native to much of the Northern Hemisphere. Pintails are an easy keeping bird which do well in mixed collections keeping pretty much to themselves. If multiple pairs are kept together drakes may fight rather intensely thus disrupting other species they are being housed with. We have not experienced many problems with hybridizing but as with all of our birds we don't leave single unpaired birds in the breeding pens. Pintails are ground nesters and will nest in boxes or any kind of cover available. They lay a clutch of 7-9 eggs which are incubated for about 24 days. They color out and readily breed their first year. 

 

 

 

 

                            Blonde American  Widgeon Drake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                         Gadwall

 

Shovelers are native to North America and are wide spread throughout the Northern Hemisphere. They are a very unique duck with their large spoon shaped bill. They are not aggressive and do well in a mixed collection. Shovelers can be reluctant to breed if tall patches of grass are not available. We have had hens nest in a ground box but most prefer natural grass cover. They lay a clutch of 8-10 eggs which are incubated for about 23 days. Shovelers acquire adult plumage their first year although slower than most species, and some will breed their first year.         

 

 

 

 

     

                                                                   

                                            European Widgeon

 

 

 

 

Falcated ducks are native to Eastern Asia they are classified as teal but I listed them here because I feel they are more of a dabbling duck than a teal. They are well suited for a mixed collection keeping to themselves and not bothering other ducks. We have not experienced any difficulties with any birds we have kept them with, although if multiple pairs are kept together the drakes will squable with each other. Falcated are ground nesters and will nest in boxes or natural cover. They lay a clutch of 6-8 eggs that are incubated for about 25 days. They achieve adult plumage the first year and will nest the first year.

 

 

 

 

                                                     Black Duck 

 

 

 

 American Widgeon are native to North and Central America. They are easy to breed but when keeping them in mixed collections care should be taken when selecting pen mates as they are especially active during breeding season which can discourage more timid species from breeding. They will hybridize with European and Chiloe Widgeons and should never be housed together. They are ground nesters and will readily accept nest boxes or will nest in any natural vegetation available. The hens lay a clutch of 7-9 eggs which are incubated for about 25 days. They get their adult plumage the first year and will breed the first year as well.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                          Pintail

 

 

 

Blonde American Widgeons are a color  mutation of the American Widgeon.  This mutation is a very beautiful color variation. For more info on color mutations visit our Perching duck page. This is explained a little further with the Wood ducks and Mandarins. They breed and are housed the same as the American Widgeon.

                       Blonde American Widgeon Hen 

 

 

 Gadwalls are found throughout the northern hemisphere. They are a hardy duck and is easily bred in captivity.  Recent writers relate them to the Falcated duck and Widgeons, and they will sometimes hybridize with these species, but for the most part do well in mixed collections. Gadwalls are ground nesters prefering natural cover but will nest in boxes. They lay an average of 8- 9 eggs which are incubated for about 26 days. They mature and will breed their first year.

 

 

 

 

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