The Blue Magpie Ducklings have a unique feather pattern with grayish blue feathers on the saddle, rear and on the top of the head. Other than general size and weight, the male and female Magpie ducks are identical in appearance. The Welsh developed the Magpie breed in the early 20th Century and magpies were brought over to the United States in the 1960’s. The magpies were eventually admitted to the Light Weight duck class of the Standard of Perfection in 1977.
The Blue Magpie is a light breed and are somewhat smaller in size and stature when compared to the Rouen Duck for example. Their upright posture is very similar to the Khaki Campbell duck, while maintaining a streamlined keel. This unique posture comes from Indian Runner Duck in its bloodline.
Blue magpies are great foragers, and can lay 220-290 eggs per year. The color markings on the young ducks will not change as they grow, so you will know what the adults will look like even when they are younger.