Crested Khaki Campbell Duck

I received an email asking if I had ever come across a crested khaki campbell.

I was just wondering if you’ve ever come across a crested Khaki Campbell duck. We got some ducklings around the first of April of this year & they’re Khaki campbells & one is crested. Have you ever seen any? Cheryl

My reply was,

Hi Cheryl,

Thanks for visiting farmingfriends and leaving your comment. I have not seen a crested khaki campbell before. I have seen a crested duck as some of our neighbours have them.

I imagine that if the breeders who you got the ducklings from had crested ducks/drakes¬† and khaki campbell ducks and drakes then there would be no reason why you wouldn’t get a khaki campbell /crested cross. How interesting. I would certainly be happy to see a photo.

I have set up a fourm with a section on ducks that is very popular which you may find

Kind regards

Sara @ farmingfriends

I was delighted when Cheryl sent me some photographs of her crested khaki campbell duck.

Cheryl's Crested Khaki Campbell Duck
Cheryl's Crested Khaki Campbell Duck
Cheryl's Crested Khaki Campbell Duck
Cheryl's Crested Khaki Campbell Duck
Cheryl's Crested Khaki Campbell Duck
Cheryl's Crested Khaki Campbell Duck

Have you ever seen a crested khaki campbell duck?

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7 thoughts on “Crested Khaki Campbell Duck”

  1. Around the time the first comments here were written, a friend of mine sent me several duck eggs. With the hazards of shipping, we got two babies to hatch. Both were crested Khaki Campbells (male and female–Keebler Townhouse and Saltine because they are Quackers).

    Though they both have large crests, their father was non crested for genetic reasons. Basically, you get a better hatch from a crested/non crested pairing. I am wondering after reading that article if it also has an effect on later health of the animals. I was told that babies with one Crested gene and one non Crested gene will be crested, so you should be half crested and half non crested babies from breeding crested parents to non crested parents. However, crested to crested has a 25% chance of giving crested/crested babies, which can’t survive. Most don’t hatch and I’ve been told sad stories about a few who did. Maybe poor little Knobhead was crested/crested?

    After hatching Keebler and Saltine, I had an interesting time getting a small order of Khaki Campbells shipped in from a hatchery. I thought you might like to know that Ideal (with that nice $25 minimum) offers almost all it’s breeds in a crested version, by the way, and not just the recognized black or white crested ducks. In fact, Ideal doesn’t guarantee that you will get non crested ducks if you order non crested–though I wonder if I had put something into the notes field on the ordering page if they would have avoided crested for me? Also, compared to Keebler and Saltine, I didn’t find that their stock looked quite as close to breed standard (minus the foofy head). I believe Ideal might be working to introduce more crested breeds, though they need to get more work done on the conformation, at least of the Khaki Campbells.

    I was considering ordering from either Holderread’s or Metzer, but I was very lucky (or unlucky) with my last duckling hatch. I had ordered Rouen eggs to extend my Rouen gene pool. So, what did I hatch? Non Crested Khaki Campbells. I paired a non crested male with the two crested girls from Ideal and sold them, keeping a pair of crested and a pair of non crested. Hopefully that sets me up for next year’s breeding season.

    Anyway, that’s all I know about them. Does everyone get them by mistake, like me?

  2. We just received a Crested Khaki Campbell chick, however I am not sure if it is a pullet or a drake? Does anyone know how to tell? Our new “member to the flock”, Zippy, is about 3 -5 days old.

  3. Unfortunately we had to put little Knobhead out or her misery. She was not doing very well and with a harsh winter upon us we were afraid her suffering would only increase with the decline in temperature. We did find out from our local ag. exchange what the problem was and apparently this is a disorder that affects crested ducks.

    More info here

    Though this is quite technical I am guessing it is more common that we thought. There are fat bodies in the brain of these poor creatures that affect their coordination. She acted just as though she might have cerebral palsy. She had trouble getting food and walking. In the water she had no trouble, but on land it was very difficult for her to get around. None of this showed up until she was about 14 weeks old and then it became quite pronounced.

    I am not naming any more of our birds. It was so hard to put her down. All of the other birds are doing very well and we hope to have some little ones in the spring.


  4. Hi Ruth,
    I am so sorry to hear that your cute crested duck is not doing so well. I am glad to hear that she is still eating. Hope the others aren’t bullying her. Maybe you could keep her in her own area where the pthers can see her but can’t get at her food and water for a few days so that she can build up her strength.
    Keep me posted.
    Kind regards
    sara @ farmingfriends

  5. Our little “knobhead” is not doing so well. My husband noticed yesterday that she is unstable on her feet and wondered if the others are keeping her from eating. He placed her next to the food and she ate quite a bit and he will do that again tonight. They are free outside and able to eat greens which we give them on a regular basis plus weeds and grass and all sorts of bugs, whatever they choose to eat. They have free access to water and a pond too. I hope she recovers, but I have always thought there might be something a little odd about her other than the crest.

    More later.


  6. Hi Ruth,
    Welcome to the farmingfriends website. It is interesting to hear about yourcrested duck.

    What a name you have picked for your crested duck – what do the neighbours think when you shout for this duck?!!!

    I have one white guinea fowl and the rest are lavender coloured. Lightening the white guinea fowl is often on her own, so this could be similar to your crested duck. I will email you re sending a photo.

    Kind regards
    Sara @ farmingfriends

  7. Yes we have a crested Khaki Campbell duck. We thought it might have been some type of mutation. We call him “knobhead”. Not to complimentary, but he is a little thick in the head. He finds himself alone quite often, suppose it might have been because of his “deformity”, but not sure about that. He is certainly louder that all the others, and when he finds himself alone he is louder than normal. I have pictures, but I’m not sure how to send them to you.

    Ruth (Groton, NH, USA)

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