Originally Posted by PotatoWaffles
Okay, got a question for people who own fawn and white runners
did your ducks' bills change color as they got older? My fawn and white, Duckasaurus, had a bright orange bill at first. At a couple months old, she got a few freckles. And then more and more and more, and now her beak is almost solid green/gray. Is this normal for the breed, like cayugas getting white feathers? Or is my duck the odd duck out? I'm just curious really
Here is her lovely orange bill at five weeks old:
And at four months old: she has a few freckles here
And her bill now is mostly mud colored:
This is normal across the board. Ducks with orange bills, blue bills and green bills all loose their pretty colors to darker browns and blacks as they lay eggs. I believe this is part hormonal and part nutritional and depends on bill color.
Entie May 14th, 2014 hasn't laid any eggs yet (2 months ago she was an egg):
Close to pristine.
Entie July 29th, 2015 of last year laying like crazy - (the red is watermelon):
Very dark and speckled.
Entie January 11th, 2016 before she started laying again:
Mostly clear still a little darker.
As a point of illustration on another color bill (they don't freckle as much as orange bills)
Here is Rhiannon on Aug 9, 2015 in full lay:
(almost totally black bill)
Here she is on December 3rd, 2015 she is on break (and got in a nice not-bleached-yet molt )
(you can see quite a bit of clean green in her bill.)