IMPORTANT ORDERING INFORMATION: Exotic ducks are shipped on Wednesdays, USPS Priority Mail Express, and will typically arrive in 1-2 days at your local post office. Exotic ducks are not available for pickup. Shipping costs are $50.00 per pair. Exotic Duck wings can be pinioned, clipped or flying.
The European Wigeon duck, Anas penelope, is also known as the Eurasian Wigeon duck. European Wigeons are rarely found in the US, and when they are, you’ll find them included in flocks of native American Wigeons. When kept in captivity, European Wigeon ducks can be kept in a mixed flock of similar-sized species and have a gentle disposition.
Exotic European Wigeon ducks are dabblers and feed primarily on grasses, roots, leaves, and branches of aquatic plants. Occasionally they may eat insects.
In the wild, European Wigeon ducks nest in shallow depressions on the ground and the nests are made under dense vegetation and usually near water. Females include a large amount of down to line the nest. The clutch consists of 8-9 whitish to pale buff eggs that hatch in 24-25 days. Ducklings are able to fly by around 40 days of age.
Male European Wigeon ducks have a reddish cinnamon colored head and upper neck, a gray body with dark tail covert feathers. During the breeding season, the male’s breast feathers are a salmon color. Females are a drab, brown and gray color. Bill color for both genders is a light blue-grey with a dark tip and the bill is shorter than a typical duck bill, similar to a call duck. Leg color is black. Average body weight for males is 2.2 pounds and length is 20 inches. For the female, weight is around 1.7 pounds and body length averages 18 inches. Wingspan is around 28 inches and the lifespan can be as much as 20 years in the wild.