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Silver Appleyard - Duck
Silver Appleyard Details
OriginPriory Waterfowl farm, nr Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
ColourSilver (Restricted Harlequin)
Eggslarge, white, approximately 120 per year
Weight, drake4.1 kg
Weight, duck3.6 kg
Silver Appleyard Description
The Silver Appleyard was developed as a dual-purpose bird by Reginald Appleyard during the 1930’s. The breed is probably the most prolific layer of large white eggs among the heavyweight breeds and has a deep, wide, white skinned breast for table purposes. Ducklings should have yellow down with a dark Mohican stripe on the top of the head. The unique colouring of adult birds is caused by a restricted Mallard gene that limits the amount of pigment on the face and breast of both ducks and drakes. When sourcing birds for breeding be sure you are purchasing Appleyards as breeds such as the Rouen Clair and Welsh Harlequin are similarly coloured, particularly in the drakes. The current standard was accepted by the Poultry club of Great Britain in 1982 and was the result of work carried out in particular by Mr Tom Bartlett to recover the Silver Appleyard to its original colour and type. The improvement of the Appleyard was required in the 1980’s as the breed had strayed from its original conformation and had declined greatly in its popularity.
The Silver Appleyard is an energetic breed despite its size. The carriage is held slightly upright. Legs and feet are orange and the eyes are dark hazel.
Drake: The head and neck are black with a green lustre. The head and neck must not be solid green. Silver-white markings should be seen around the eyes and cheek at the front of the face. The silver-white of the cheek continues onto the throat with black flecking. A white ring ¼ to 3/8 inches (5-9mm) wide completely encircles the neck. The restricted silver white pigment on the face, throat and breast are what define the Silver Appleyard colour from the similarly coloured Rouen Clair. The bill of drakes is yellow with a greenish tint and a dark bean at the tip. The lower neck and shoulders are claret and the breast is claret with a white under-colour, each feather having a white fringe. The under body is light-silver. The flanks have grey stippled pencilling on a white ground with claret extending from the breast on to the upper flanks. The upper back is claret and progressing to mottled dark grey. The rump (area at the base of the tail at the lower end of the back) is black with a green lustre. Tail feathers are grey with thick white edging and the area underneath the tail is black. Primary wing feathers are grey and white with white edging. The secondary wing feathers create an iridescent blue speculum tipped with black then white.
Duck: The head and neck are silver-white. The crown and back of the neck are fawn flecked with brown-grey. The fawn should continue onto the shoulder and a deep fawn line should run around each eye. The bill is yellow with a brown saddle and dark bean. The back and rump are fawn flecked with brown-grey and the flanks are cream and fawn with brown-grey flecking. The breast and under-body is a creamy white and the tail is a mottled fawn. Primary feathers are creamy-white becoming brown towards the tip. The secondary wing feathers forming the speculum are an iridescent blue, tipped with black then white.
Miniature Silver Appleyard
Mr Tom Bartlett of Folly Farm, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire created the true bantam version of the Silver Appleyard in the 1980’s. The variety was standardised in 1997. This miniature is one third the weight of the large Silver Appleyard and directly descended from it, unlike the Silver Bantam which was created using different parentage. The miniature Appleyard is the only small duck variety with a large-fowl counterpart.
As for the large Silver Appleyard