Magpie Ducks is a light breed, reaching weights of between four and five pounds. They are named for their distinctively marked plumage. The plumage is predominantly white, with a colored cap on the crown of the head, and a large colored patch extending along the back from shoulders to tail. The Magpie is a long bodied bird, with a broad head, and a long orange or yellow bill. This duck's body carriage is fifteen to thirty degrees above horizontal when relaxed, and slightly higher when agitated. Standard varieties include Blacks and Blues. Some breeders have also developed nonstandard color varieties. Magpies are active foragers that will graze and hunt for a sizable portion of their feed from grass, seeds, insects, and aquatic life. They eagerly search for and consume slugs, snails, and insects; so much so that keepers of large livestock find that these ducks are effective at eliminating liver fluke infestations. Magpies are good layers and will produce 220 to 290 eggs yearly. Their meat is of gourmet quality. Carcasses will pick cleanly because of their light colored under-bellies, and each bird will yield portions suitable for two to three people. Magpies tend to have high strung dispositions. While generally at home on land and not capable of sustained flight, they can propel themselves over a 2-3 foot wall if startled.
CountryMax is Western and Central New York's largest supplier of poultry to backyard enthusiasts. In addition to many varieties available for special order, we carry a variety of standard store-stocked breeds from March to April in our stores. It is recommended that you contact your local store directly if you are interested in purchasing ducks because they may have them on hand in store immediately. For all other special orders of poultry, the minimum order is 15 birds PER BREED-after 15, any number, i.e. 16,21,33 can be ordered. CountryMax is unable to order in quantities less than 10, and we cannot split orders. Orders will be shipped from the hatchery as available, so CountryMax does not make any promise or imply delivery dates whatsoever. Please note in the comment box your desired ship date and we will make every effort to accommodate but we are at the mercy of hatching dates from the hatchery.
Payment is due with order. No refunds will be given once orders have been placed with the hatchery. Customer must pick up chicks within 2 days following notification of chick delivery or order will be added to store stock and sold. CountryMax does not assume liability for chicks after they leave the premises. CountryMax will do everything we can to correctly identify chick breeds upon pickup, but customer is responsible for making sure correct breed is taken at pickup. The hatchery guarantees a 90% accurate sexing rate- if mis-sexed birds total 10% or more of your order, they must be reported to CountryMax within 16 weeks of pickup. IMPORTANT: SPECIAL ORDERS WILL BE SHIPPED ACCORDING TO AVAILABILITY FROM HATCHERY- PLEASE NOTE PREFERRED SHIP DATE AT PURCHASE AND WE WILL BE IN CONTACT WITH EXACT TIMEFRAME WHEN WE HEAR FROM THE HATCHERY.</P