Organic free range duck eggs from the beautiful town of Malmesbury, Wiltshire, UK
Joseph Pettipher (1923) wrote: "Perhaps it may not be generally known at the present day that at the outset the original strain was what might roughly be termed a grey duck. The Khaki colour was an afterthought, that came in during the course of perfecting and fixing the breed . . . It was in 1901 that they were first announced as a breed. In that year, when corresponding with me about them, she wrote 'What shall I call them?'. I replied 'Campbells', and as such I first gave them that name in the press. The prefix came afterwards, when the khaki colour came in."
Mrs Campbell never wanted the Khaki Campbell to become an exhibition bird. It was bred as a utility duck. However, the fame of the breed and its egg-laying capacity spread and, since some people wished to exhibit them, she drew up this standard.
A Khaki Campbell (or just Campbell) is a breed of domesticated duck that originated in England and is kept for its high level of egg production. The breed was developed by Adele Campbell of England at the end of the 19th century. The "Khaki" portion of the name refers to the duck's typical color.
In the late 1800s Adele Campbell purchased a Fawn and White Indian Runner Duck which was an exceptional layer (195 eggs in 197 days) and crossed it with a Rouen Duck in an attempt to create a strain that would lay well and have bigger bodies. The offspring were crossed with Mallards to increase their hardiness. The resulting birds were prolific layers. The "Campbell" breed was introduced to the public in 1898. In an attempt to create a more attractive buff-coloured duck Mrs. Campbell crossed her original Campbells with Pencilled Runner ducks. The resulting colour reminded Mrs. Campbell of British army uniforms, so she named these new ducks "Khaki Campbell". In 1941 Khaki Campbell Ducks were introduced to the American Standard of Perfection.