The Abacot Ranger duck is considered a light breed. It was developed by Oscar Gray of Friday Wood near Colchester in Essex, the United Kingdom between 1917 and 1923. Laying breeds were popular at that time and there was a competition for developing a breed that was a good layman and Also good bird of table. Breeders looked at the high egg production of the Indian Racer and the Khaki Campbell breed for their dual functionality, also a very good stonecutter, and thought that crossing them would develop a useful and active duck.
As they planted it, the Abacot Ranger breed emerged, very popular in the United Kingdom until the 1920s. Fortunately, it was standardized in Germany in 1934 as the Sturgeon-Ente (Duck Ranger) was quickly appreciated. In 1980, waterfowl resurfaced and lovers of these animals imported eggs again to the United Kingdom, which led to an increase in this breed.
Characteristics of Abacot Ranger Duck
The Abacot Ranger duck is a breed that is an excellent pointer, they produce between 180 and 200 eggs per year. Their eggs weigh about 65 grams. Males usually protect their nests while the female of this species searches for food. Thereby driving away predators, and caring for them as long as the female reaches her nest. This species is born between 26 and 28 days.
The Abacot Ranger duck is similar to the Campbell breed, but unlike these, the Abacot Ranger breed is larger. It is a docile duck, and the plumage changes color during the breeding season. The Abacot Ranger duck is very good but also stands out for its beauty. The green hood of the male contrasts with an intense reddish-brown color on the sides and chest, and the silver neck ring completes its attractive appearance.
The female is more discreet, with a brown head and cream-colored breast with light brown spots. As it looks so different, it is easy to distinguish the male from the female from eight weeks of age. The color of the legs of this species is gray steel color. When the ducks are small they have dark stripes around the tail, just as they have a dark stripe on the head.
The Abacot Ranger duck diet is based on consumer fodder, they also feed on invertebrate animals, and also on various vegetables. It consumes slugs and snails, so breeders leave them outdoors when they see that there are insects attacking the vegetables.
The Abacot Ranger duck is considered good egg-laying, and also is produced by its excellent meat. Over the years and now it has become popular for the exhibition and laying of eggs.
The Abacaot Ranger Ducks are characterized by being active, dynamic and good collectors. They can eat any type of food since their stomach adapts to it. Breeders were looking for a bird to go outside to get their own food or at least a portion, and the Streicher duck is a perfect example. They should not be placed in a small enclosure. They need space and the orchards are a good place if they are safe from foxes.
Naturally, you will have to feed them, but they will also like to go find food, taste invertebrates and plants all over the day. They are not good fighters so they can be kept in open spaces with a fence that is not so high, but they must be protected from predators. Females of this species are considered excellent mothers. Let them wander through the garden in the fall (after you have harvested your fruits and vegetables) and clear snails and slugs.
The Abacot Ranger duck sex can be recognized at only 8 weeks of age. The male has a green hue while the female has a dark gray color. They are excellent swimmers, because of the physical condition on their feet, which act as flip-flops, which allows them to swim very well. They support cold water, they can swim in very cold water and it is because of certain characteristics of their body that allows the blood to stay warm.
Their feathers are waterproof, they remain dry even though they are submerged under the water. They have 3 eyelids, which make it possible to see perfectly both outside and inside the water. The Abacot Ranger duck can live up to 10 years, and can even live longer.
|Duck Name||Abacot Ranger Duck|
|Feather color||Dark silver|
|Weight||2 to 2.5 Kg.|
|Climate Tolerance||All climates|
|Egg Productivity||Medium (180 to 200 eggs in the year)|
|Country of Origin||United Kingdom|
In this article, we’ve given you a brief overview of the Abacot Ranger. If this is your first time hearing about these ducks or if you want to know more about them, please let us know in the comments below! We hope that our guide has helped inform and educate you on what an Abacot Ranger is. Good luck with whatever breeds of duck you end up choosing for yourself!
As A Reference: Wikipedia