"I think part of what makes Anconas so much fun is that you can tell all the individuals, at least you can if you keep all the colors and patterns. I think separating them by color is a step in the wrong direction. Also, part of their behavior may depend upon the fact that they can so easily tell each other apart. I noticed that Anconas treat single-color breed ducks as generic ducks, not as individuals. I also suspect the vigor of the breed is because they are very heterozygous for all the chromosomes involving color genes. Pure color groups is just a bad idea, I think. It is failing to appreciate what is unique about this breed." -Carol Deppe, 2010
There is no doubt acceptance into the American Poultry Association (APA) could be a great achievement for this breed, yet there are a number of reasons why they still have not. We all agree that Anconas are a breed well deserving of admiration and more. The diversity within the breed contributes beauty and social behavior as well as genetic diversity and resilience. If acceptance into the APA requires we encourage the breeding of a limited genetic pool the best advice is to step forward with the breed, in another direction.
Our farm focuses on highlighting our heritage breeds in the culinary arena, not the show ring. The best way we know to save a breed is to highlight their utility and to breed responsibly or with the best intentions for the heath of the breed.
Our heroes in this effort are the chefs and butchers, the food writers, journalists, and photographers, the backyard or hobby Ancona Breeders (who are so important!), of course our Master Breeders (Dave Holderread and Carol Deppe), and those who give us the opportunity to be so selective in our breeding by purchasing our eggs or ordering our duck at a farmers market or local restaurant. Thank you all for contributing to diverse, secure, and healthy food communities!