Stanbridge White - Duck

Stanbridge White duck

Stanbridge White Details

Eggs, meat, agroforestry
Hampshire, England
Medium weight
Medium to large and pale green
Weight, drake
0 kg
Weight, duck
0 kg

Stanbridge White Description

The Stanbridge white duck is a breed that was believed to be extinct until 2007 when the president of the rare poultry society identified the breed in Gloucestershire. The birds had been maintained by William Osbourne an experienced poultry keeper  who by 2009 maintained 14 Stanbridge ducks and 4 drakes in 3 breeding pens. The breed was originally developed by Lord Greenway in Romsey, Hampshire. We have been told there are two schools of thought as to how they were developed. Some say they were developed from a white sport of the Magpie duck, others believe they may have been used in the creation of the Magpie. William purchased his original birds from an elderly man in the village of Aylburton in Gloucestershire, the same village that a known poultry photographer, Mr Arthur Rice had lived and kept the Stanbridge.  The elderly man did not know what they were and only regarded them as ‘Farmyard ducks’ but he did state they ‘laid like stink’.  Their laying ability has also been noticed by William who has stated his Stanbridge ducks ‘start to lay in the first week of February and go on until at least October’, ‘in all that time they would average about 240-250 eggs per duck’. William went on to say he has ‘ been keeping poultry for over 50 years and has never come across ducks that lay as well as these do, not even when I kept Khaki Campbells’.

Certainly it would seem these distinctive white ducks would be ideal for anyone keen on keeping ducks for eggs, but they are also a breed of reasonable size and would make ideal eating . They are regarded as an active breed of duck with a dish shaped bill. They are more upright than the Aylesbury but not as much as the Pekin.  Stanbridge whites lay a pale green egg. All existing Stanbridge whites originate from William Osborne’s birds and the gene pool is not likely to consist of more than a couple of bloodlines. All credit is given to William for maintaining the breed and supplying us with this information.  

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