blue swedish duck

Blue Swedish Duck

Anas platyrhynchos


Description

The Blue Swedish is a medium sized duck.  It has an oval-shaped head and a stocky body.  Blue Swedish Ducks have blue feathers on their backs and sides and white feathers on their chests.  The males have heads that are a darker blue color than their bodies.  Both sexes have brown legs.  There is a color variation, the typically called a Black Swedish Duck, has black feathers where the blue feathers would normally be.

Size

Blue Swedish Ducks weigh 6.5-8 pounds.  Females are usually smaller than males.

Adaptations

Diet

The ducks at Cosley Zoo are fed commercially prepared duck food pellets.

Reproduction

Blue Swedish Ducks lay between 100 and 150 eggs per year. Eggs have white, green, or blue-colored shells. Duck eggs incubate for about 28 days before hatching.

Shelter and Space Needs

Domestic ducks require shelter from the wind and rain, access to food and water, and fencing to keep them contained. Blue Swedish Ducks require only a low fence due to their limited flight ability. The ducks at Cosley Zoo are kept on a pond surrounded by trees and shrubs that serve as shelter.

Life Expectancy

Domestic ducks kept as pets live an average of 8-12 years.

Relationship With Man

Blue Swedish Ducks are domestic ducks that are raised for human use.  This breed is raised for both eggs and meat.  Blue Swedish Ducks are listed on the “watch” list by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.  This means that there are fewer than 2500 individuals in the US and fewer than 5000 in the world.

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