Price List for all breeds of ducks (per each duck/duckling):
Day old to 1 week – $8
1 week to 2 weeks – $9
2 weeks to 3 weeks – $10
etc. at $1 / week until max is reached.
Max: Pekin / Muscovy Males = $30; Muscovy Females / Ancona = $25
Price List for Embden Geese (per each goose/gosling):
Day old to 1 week – Males = $15; Females = $25
1 week to 2 weeks – Males = $16.50; Females = $26.50
2 weeks to 3 weeks – Males = $18; Females = $28
etc. at $1.50 / week until max price reached of Males = $75; Females = $125
Proven Breeders = $225/pair
Price List for Pilgrim Geese (per each goose/gosling):
Day old to 1 week – Males = $20; Females = $50
1 week to 2 weeks – Males = $21.50; Females = $51.50
2 weeks to 3 weeks – Males = $23; Females = $53
etc. at $1.50 / week until max price reached of Males = $90; Females = $150
Proven Breeders = $275/pair
Please contact us so we can discuss the ducklings and goslings we have upcoming, or to reserve some birds.
Eggs for Hatching
Our Duck Eggs for Hatching are available now ($24.00 / dozen). If we have any Pilgrim Goose eggs available for hatching (totally not likely as of June 2, 2023), they will be $7.50/each (2 for $15).
Our Breeders (NOT for Sale) as of November 2023:
- One mature gander (from Metzer in California) and three mature geese raised from Wake Forest (NC), Maryland, and California stock.
- I have two sources of Embden Geese. One source are from Show Quality Geese. The other source are from Metzer.
- Breeder flocks originally from Virginia and North Carolina.
- Five hens. They were all hatched around February 2021 and are from the west New Bern area.
- Ducklings originally from Tractor Supply in March 2022. These are EXCELLENT egg layers!
As a little history lesson, it is difficult to tease the facts from the romance in the origin of the Pilgrim goose. Popularly thought to have come to America with the pilgrims, the Pilgrim goose, as we know it, is a recently developed breed. The sex of both goslings and mature Pilgrim geese can be distinguished by the color. This is known as auto-sexing.
The Pilgrim goose is known for being calm and personable. It is one of two American goose breeds that is sexually dimorphic (auto-sexing), the other being the Cotton Patch breed. Day-old males are silver-yellow with light-colored bills, in contrast to the olive-gray females with their darker bills. Adult ganders [males] are mostly white, usually with gray rumps (which are covered by the wings) and traces of color in the tail and wings. Mature geese [females] are soft dove-gray with varying amounts of white in their faces. Bills and legs are orange in both sexes, while the eyes are blue in ganders and dark brown in geese.
10 – 12 lbs
Source: The Livestock Conservancy
For many years, the origin of Ancona ducks was speculated as being British. However, after extensive searches in the United States and Great Britain, newly found information points to the breed being created in America.
The strongest piece of evidence comes from an article published in the 1913 edition of the Water Fowl Club of America Yearbook. In it, W. J. Wirt of Ridge View Farms in Knowlesville, New York, announced the development of the “Ancona,” a new duck breed he named after the Ancona fowl. The new breed was bred from a combination of several standard duck breeds.
Shortly after, Anconas began to enter poultry shows in the Northeast. In the February 1915 issue of Poultry Item magazine and the 1915 American Poultry Yearbook, Anconas were mentioned in the announcements of two first-place wins in a Boston show by Willdum Duckery of Rowley, Massachusetts. Based on this evidence, Ancona ducks are currently designated as an American breed.
The Ancona averages 6 to 6.5 pounds and is a bit stockier than its close relative, the Magpie duck. It has a medium-sized oval head, a medium-length bill that’s slightly concave along the top line, an average neck that arches forward slightly, and a body carriage that’s 20 to 30 degrees above horizontal. The broken, mottled plumage is unique among ducks for, like Holstein cattle, there is no set design. “Any combination of white and color is acceptable as long as there are obvious broken areas on the head, backs, sides, and underbody.” The neck is normally solid white, bills are yellow with dark green or black spotting, and the legs and feet are orange with black or brown markings that increase with age. (Holderread, 2001)
Varieties include Black and White, Blue and White, Chocolate and White, Silver and White, Lavender and White, and Tricolored. Chocolate is a sex-linked recessive trait. If a chocolate drake mates with a black duck, all female offspring will be chocolate, while all male offspring will be black. A black drake mated to a chocolate duck produces all black offspring. Only male offspring will carry the sex-linked recessive chocolate gene. (Holderread, 1985)
The Ancona is a hardy, adaptable, all-purpose duck. It’s an excellent layer, typically laying 210 to 280 white, cream, or blue eggs yearly. The Ancona also grows relatively quickly and produces high-quality meat that’s more flavorful and less fatty than most Pekin ducks. Anconas are well suited for situations where they can forage for some of their food and are capable of eating large “banana” slugs. “They make excellent pond or yard ducks since they tend to stay close to home, do not fly under normal conditions, and are large enough so that they are less likely to be preyed upon by winged predators. Typically, they have moderately calm temperaments and make fine pets.” (Holderread, 2001)
“As with all rare breeds, it is especially important to choose stock birds that are vigorous, free of physical deformities, and have classic breed traits. Since it is an excellent layer, productivity should be given a high priority in breeders. To produce the highest percentage of offspring with unique patterns, select birds with definite colored areas under their eyes and at least a bit of color in their chests. Avoid specimens that are either solid white or primarily colored with a white bib.” (Holderread, 2001) While the Ancona is not recognized by the American Poultry Association, one breeder suggests the ideal aesthetic is three-quarters white plumage and one-quarter colored.
There is a critical need for more conservation breeders of Ancona ducks. Their excellent laying ability, tasty meat, and calm dispositions make them a great addition to any small farmstead or backyard producer’s flock.
White, Tinted, Blue-green, Spotted
Source: The Livestock Conservancy