These delightful bantam ducks are smaller than mallards, but slightly larger than show-type call ducks. They also have longer bills than calls, so they have no trouble hatching. There is much information about these ducks on the internet, so I won't repeat it here, but rather post a few of the most useful links:
These make great pets, and if you choose to build a raised pen as shown in the photos below, they are really not very messy.
The 3 color variants, greenhead, bluehead and silverhead, interbreed like blue/black/splash in chickens. This is a common gene in some ducke, notably the swedes, where breeding 2 blue swedes together will produce some blacks and silvers, as well as the blues. When added to a wild, mallard pattern, the names are changed. In Call ducks, the “grey” is the wild type color. Adding a single blue gene creates a Blue Fawn, and 2 copies of the blue gene would be called Pastel. In Australian Spotted ducks, no blue genes represent the Greenhead. A single blue gene produces a Bluehead, and of course 2 copies makes a Silverhead.
Pictures of the breeding pen we use for the Australian Spotted ducks. This is very easy to clean the pool and it turns out that ducks avoid soiling their sleeping quarters if they have a pool. This makes the overall effort in keeping their pen very clean consist only of changing the water in their pool and water bowl. Watching their pleasure when they have clean water in their pool makes the cleaning process a pleasure more than a chore. Not to mention that the “duck manure tea” you remove from the pool is fantastic fertilizer for your lawn and garden.