Silver Appleyard Ducks

Breeding stock and hatching eggs available in limited quantities in spring 2019

The big and beautiful Silver Appleyard Duck is a heritage breed developed in Great Britain during the 1930's by Reginald Appleyard. 

 They are considered a tri-purpose breed in that they are great for not only meat and eggs, but their stunning plumage is beautiful for craft projects. 

They range in size from 7-10 pounds, and although they are slower growing than Pekins, they are leaner and have more flavor. They are also the best layers of the large breeds, averaging 200-270 large white eggs per year. 

Hens will occasionally go broody and hatch their own babies, but the majority of our birds are hatched in incubators. 

They are surprisingly active for their size, and excel as foragers. They are easily tamed, however, and are such a joy to have around.

Our flock carries both the standard coloration and the dilute or "blue" form.

They are currently considered threatened by the Livestock Conservancy.

In the spring of 2014 we acquired our breeding stock from the Holderread Farm and Preservation Center. From this group we selected our best breeders for our foundation flock.

2 days old

2 weeks
4 weeks

6 weeks

Hen 25 weeks

Drakes 25 weeks
In the summer of 2016 we began hatching eggs to help build up our flock.

The Holderread genetics are broad, in order to help maintain a strong gene pool.

Because of this, we have a variety of colors pop up in our hatches: standard silver, blue, white and even mallard.

We selectively breed for the standard coloration, but keep a few blue hens in the flock because their plumage is so lovely.

One of our handsome 2016 blue drakes

A lovely 2016 hen (retained for breeding)

Drakelet 14 wks

Hen 14 wks

Mature drake in eclipse plumage


  1. I have just learned about this breed and am finding it difficult to find reputable breeders that have them available. I also really like the less-green heads and the blue coloration, even if it's not breed standard! I'm in Northern IL (on the WI border) and cannot make the drive, but would you be willing to ship hatching eggs?

    Sorry, I couldn't find another way to contact you.

  2. Hi Becky! We are working on getting our NPIP certification before we can ship eggs. Contact me over at our facebook page and I can help put you in touch with other breeders who can ship: