orpington duck

Orpington Duck

Anas platyrhynchos orpington


Description

The Orpington is a medium-sized domestic duck. It has buff-colored feathers and yellow feet. The male Orpington has a darker brown head and neck with a yellow bill. The female has a lighter brown head and neck, and her bill is brownish-orange in color.

Size

An average-sized Orpington Duck weighs 7-8 pounds.

Adaptations

Diet

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

Reproduction

Orpington Ducks lay eggs with white or light gray 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. Orpington 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.

Importance to Man

The Orpington Duck is a dual-purpose breed that is raised for both eggs and meat. Females can lay up to 220 eggs per year.

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