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Duck; Aylesbury

  A breed of white duck recognised as such by Britain's first poultry show in 1845 as the country's native breed of the time.

They are generally found on village ponds, and the like, and in the wild grow up to 5kg/11 lbs in weight – the drakes being slightly larger than the ducks.

They are now only reared commercially very few breeders (Richard Waller, springs to mind) as most companies rearing ducks have diluted the breed by introducing strains from Chinese hybrids. They are considered to be at their best for the table at between 8-10 weeks when they weigh about 2kg/4½ lbs.

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