White Mandarin Ducks
Backyard poultry breeders will find the White Mandarin Duck to be a beautiful bird and a bird that is easy to keep. Many are even kept in urban settings because they do not make as much noise as some other breeds.
History: The White Mandarin Duck is a color mutation variety of the Mandarin Duck breed. Mandarins are native to Russia, Japan, and China. They are perching ducks meaning that they prefer to nest in trees or nesting boxes.
Color: Mandarin ducks come in a variety of color mutations with white being the most common color mutation for domestically raised birds. The whites have various shades of white plumage over their entire body and head. Their bills are red.
Body Type: White Mandarins have a compact body. Their heads striking, sail-like plumage are the birds’ most distinguishing feature.
Mature Weight: Males average between 1.5 to 2 pounds. Females are smaller weighing 1 to 1.5 pounds.
Status: The White Mandarin is becoming more common because of its beauty. In the wild, there remain only around 10 to 15,000 individuals
Production: Males and females often mate together exclusively. Usually, a brood of between 9 to 12 ducklings will hatch. A pair may reproduce for a period ranging from 8 to 12 years.
Temperament: The White Mandarin has a wild temperament. However, with just a little work, they may be tamed. This is especially true with young birds. The best way to tame the ducks is to feed them by hand.
Standard Weights: Drake 24 oz, Duck 22 oz