The Silver Appleyard duck breed was first developed by Reginald Appleyard at the Priory Waterfowl Farm near Bury St. Edmunds, England during the 1930s and 40s. The breed was introduced to the United States in the 1960's.

The breed remains extremely rare in the US; only 128 breeding Silver Appleyard Ducks were reported in a 2000 census of domestic waterfowl in North America. At that time, there were no more than 5 breeders of Silver Appleyards recorded in the US and Canada combined.

According to the Livestock Conservancy:

"There is a critical need for more conservation breeders of Appleyards. Their excellent laying ability, meaty carcasses,
 and lovely plumage make them a great addition to any small farmstead or backyard producer's flock...When choosing
 Appleyards to breed, select robust, active, and strong-legged birds that have a record of good egg production. Many
 Appleyards are undersized, therefore select birds with big well-muscled bodies while avoiding excessively large birds
 that will have trouble foraging, mating and laying.”

The AGCS Micro-Farm currently raises two Silver Appleyard varieties: the standard-sided Silver Appleyard which is a large duck which weighs between 6 and 8 pounds and the miniature Silver Appleyard which is normally between two and three pounds.

AGCS Silver Appleyard Flock

The female Silver Appleyards have
snowy-white heads, necks, and breasts.

The males sport gorgeous green and black heads with brown necks and breasts.

Classroom Hatching

Our Silver Appleyards are hatched by AGCS 2nd and 3rd grade students in their classrooms. Each year some of the hatched ducks are banded so that students can easily identify the birds they personally hatched and brooded as they wander around our main campus.

Our students and their families had fun 
getting to know the ducklings at the
Green Gathering! 

They were definitely the stars of the show!

Mrs. Hudson's 2nd Grade CAAP students cared for our newest ducklings.  Let's welcome Shadow, Midnight, and Beaker to AGCS!

If you would like to reserve Cayuga or Silver Appleyard ducklings/chicks for pick-up at the Micro-Farm,
please call 484-643-9847 to speak to the Farm Manager, Mr. Bill Aff.