This is the white greenhead drake with his greenhead sisters before he got his adult plumage. I had thought he would have a silver head due to his dilute background color but he ended up with a green head, which is not too surprising considering his spots are so dark. I was going to purchase him but when I saw his adult plumage I decided against it. Perhaps he would have brought some nice color to his offspring but I am unfamiliar with the genetics involved in the white background color so I decided not to risk breeding to him.
The color of the Spots is based on the drake head color and the spot coloring in the hens with the background color typically lightening with the dilute colors. I am not sure what to make of the white background color. My white hen hatched out with yellow down but I am not sure what color down this drake hatched with before he got his white feather coloring (my assumption is light greenhead, which signifies underlying bluehead genetics). My hens with the white hind ends hatched with a lighter shade of greenhead down that is darker than the bluehead down color and consistent with greenheads that have recessive bluehead genes and this drake is related to them so I am guessing their down color was the same even though this drake has more white feathering. It is the split colors that can make color breeding a challenge but they also give more color variations. We have grown out ducklings with uncertain down colors in order to predict the color of the adults so it has been interesting to see the possible outcomes.
There is a breed standard for Australian Spotted ducks but to my knowledge the breed needs to be exhibited before it can be officially recognized. Dave encouraged my daughter to show our ducks but I am too paranoid about poultry diseases being passed at shows to want to take the risk. Also, my daughter is busy with other activities in addition to being an honors student so she does not have the time to devote to showing ducks. It would be great for a 4-H project or someone who is invested in promoting the breed beyond what we can do. I enjoy raising ducks but I am not interested in being a part of the exhibition experience.
Edited by Duck Drover - 4/7/16 at 6:01am