William Cook, breeder in Orpington, Kent, England,developed the Buff Ducks, also commonly referred to and originally known as Buff Orpington Ducks. He developed the breed using many other common varieties of domestic ducks to produce a bird with the buff colored plumage, a color that was increasingly popular in the late 19th century. The duck was first introduced into the American Poultry Associations in 1914.
The Buff Duck is in the Medium Weight Class of domestic waterfowl and can reach weights of 7-8 pounds. This breed of duck has a medium bill length on an oval head with a long, curved neck. Buff Ducks have buff colored plumage as their name would indicate, as well as orangish yellow shanks and brown eyes. Their wings are short and they have long and nicely curved tail feathers.
The light colored pin feathers of Buff Ducks don’t leave dark traces when plucked, making them nice looking meat birds. Though they don’t grow as quickly as the Pekin Duck, the Buff Duck can be ready for market in 8-10 weeks. Buff Orpington Ducks can also lay between 150-220 eggs per year. This breeds’ excellent dual purpose qualities, pleasant disposition, and beautiful buff colored plumage make an excellent addition to any flock.