The Magpie 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.
**Hatchability can not be guaranteed due to circumstances beyond our control once eggs leave the farm. All hatching eggs will arrive within 3-5 days old and rotated to ensure fresh stock and increase viability. We constantly do fertility checks on our eggs. *