It was in the 1930’s that Rouen, German Pekin, and Blue Pomeranian ducks were used in Albert Franz’s breeding program to create a Saxony duck. It was exhibited at the Saxony Show of 1934. However, during World War II, the breed died out. Franz’s breeding program was revived after the World War II and Germany accepted this breed in 1957. They were imported to the United States in 1984 and were admitted into the American Poultry Association's American Standard of Perfection in the Fall of 2000. A mature Saxony weighs between 8-9 lbs.
Saxony ducks have large oval shaped head which blends with a medium thick neck that slightly arches forward. The body is compact with broad shoulders, and a smoothly rounded chest. Though the drakes of this breed have the typical mallard pattern, their colors are different. The drake's head, back, and wing markings are bluish gray, The breast feathers are a deep chestnut-burgundy, the underbody and flanks are cream, and the neck ring white. Both the males and females of this breed have yellow bills, orange legs and feet.
The PECk-O-MATIC Automatic Duck Feeder is weather resistant, shielded from the weather and very efficient for keeping your duck feed with little waste and even less attention. If pellet or wheat constitutes the diet, either the ½ inch or the 5/8 inch regulator disc can be used. When the feed is crumble or milo, the 3/8-inch regulator disc from PECk-O-MATIC Automatic Duck Feeder can be used.
The Saxony is an active forager. The Saxony hen is an excellent layer with egg production at about 190-240 large white eggs yearly. The meat has more flavor and less fat. Saxony is considered to be one of the best large all-purpose breeds of ducks. They adapt well to a wide range of environments.