Although the East Indies Duck name seems to indicate that this race was developed to Southeast Asia, the origin of the race east indies duck is of United States. East Indies Duck was imported to England in century XIX and soon spread to all Europe. Although, this breed despite being from the United States, it has been argued that they are called east Indies duck to market it and generate more sales.
Characteristics of East Indies Duck:
The East Indies duck is a rather small duck and is among the smallest of domestic ducks just like the duck Mignon. This species resembles physically in size to the wild duck although it does not keep any genetic relation that is linked to this one.
Its weight is 1.1 kg, which is equivalent to the size of a Mallard. Only 200 grams of difference between a Mallard male and male east indies. The weight of this species varies between 1.1 and 1.3 kg.
Its characteristic is so well-known to have a deep black plumage with possible emerald green reflections. In the sun, they look and look completely bright. The females of this species are of a more opaque color and they are not as bright as the color of the male.
The feathers of this species have the characteristic of being litmus, in some cases, it glows green, but of this same species has been presented that the feathers glow violet when they are in the presence of the sun.
The color of its peaks in the males is an olive green color, whereas in the females the peak is of black color. The color of its legs is orange and eyes color is black or brown.
They produce 12 eggs per litter, but fertility is affected by a number of eggs produced by the female of this species. The eggs of the east indies duck are changing color as the incubation period passes.
The most common colors are gray and white, but there are times when the egg comes out black. After passing time its color Gray and then at the end of the period turn blue. His body is much shorter and less rounded than the cute one, but it does not seem too spiky either.
The East indies duck breed is usually fed on insects, aquatic larvae, invertebrates, seeds, acorns, aquatic vegetation, and grains.
Used in an ornamental way, in France they breed them only to enter competitions where they exhibit their ducks. The feathers are not the only thing that they take into consideration in this type of contests, but also the color of its peaks, the size, and the proportions of its body and that they are genuine of its species.
East indies duck character is docile and calm, usually gets along well with other species. The good thing about this breed being small is that it helps them to be good fliers.
Although the east indies duck breed is found mainly in the United States. In France, there are about 15 breeders who breed and seek to preserve this species. Their birth rate is not as high as those of other species so that everyone does not produce it.
This breeds Reproducing is not so easy, and breeders take time and money to care for and maintain this species. Over the years instead of presenting an evolution, this breed has been deteriorating. In terms of its physical characteristics, which has been a major problem for today’s East Indies duck breeders.
They usually splash in the water, filter the food from the water, and sporadically dive into deep water. A rare feature is that females when they grow old sometimes develop white feathers. They become the second most popular duck at the poultry fairs.
|Duck Name||East Indies duck|
|Other Name||Le carnard Labrador|
|Duck Purpose||Ornamental and Exhibition|
|Feather color||Iridescent black/green.|
|Weight||1.1 to 1,3 Kg|
|Climate Tolerance||Cold weather|
|Egg Color||Gray and white|
|Egg Productivity||Low (40 to 100 eggs in the year).|
|Country of Origin||North America|