Saxony Ducks

Saxony Ducks

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Saxony DuckUses: Exhibition and Utility: meat.
Eggs: 100 to 160 Eggs.
Origin: Germany.
Weight: Drake: 3.6 Kg, Duck: 3.2 Kg.
Classification: Heavy.
Useful to Know: The Saxony can make a very meaty bird for the table. The pigeon blue head and wing tips of the drake and the eye stripes in the female make these very attractive looking ducks.
Photo: A Saxony Drake. Photo Courtesy of Rupert Stephenson.

The Saxony duck was developed in Germany as a hybrid during the 1930’s by using German Pekin, Rouen and Blue Pomeranian ducks by Mr. Albert Franz. He tried to create a table duck that would mature in 10 weeks and have light feathers underneath, (essential to avoid dark pin feathers showing on a dressed carcass) but also a duck suitable for showing. The breed appeared at the Saxony county show in 1934 where it was popular but it was not a recognised breed so didn’t attract further interest.

The breed was almost lost during World War II. Mr. Franz was taken prisoner and it wasn’t until 1952 that he started to find some of the original breeds locally that were used to create the Saxony and re-build the breed using the same principles as before. By 1955, the Lipzen show recorded 19 birds from 4 breeders and it was from this point that the breed took off and was standardised in 1957. Saxony ducks were thought to be imported into Britain during the 1970’s.

Saxony ducks are by far the most attractive of the heavy ducks, the male having a striking pigeon blue coloured hood and wing tips, the female being apricot buff colour with white eye stripes. There have been a number of Saxony ducks winning at the waterfowl shows over the years.

The Saxony made it into the East German Standards in 1957, West German Standard in 1958, the British Waterfowl Standards in 1982 and the American Standard of Perfection in 2000. Saxony Ducks are called Le Canard de Saxe in France and Sachsen Enten in Germany.

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  1. I have a mated pair of Saxony ducks. Both display the traditional colour characteristics. They hatched 3 eggs and 2 ducklings grew up and are pure white (male/female). Can’t find any pictures of pure white Saxonys. Is this unusual? Have you heard of this happening? I can’t get any response from the company I purchased them from. Any thoughts on this?

    1. They are not breeding true so are unlikely to be pure breed Saxony. These are genetic ‘throw backs’ they are carrying from something else.

      For example, if you have a flock and egg numbers are decreasing or eggs are getting more difficult to hatch then you could introduce another breed that lays a lot of eggs to help. For several generations after that, you’ll need to keep hatching and selecting, removing birds that aren’t to standard. Eventually you’ll have bred back to standard and have more vigour and fertility etc back into the flock.
      OR another thought – a different drake slipped under the fence at the breeder…

      Some breeders introduce a different breed that will produce ‘sex linked’ offspring. This means male and female look different when hatched and they only have to raise the females. Although the females may look like Saxony they would carry the other genes as well. This is done mostly with chickens because ducklings can be vent sexed fairly accurately when young but it’s another possibility.

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