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Are these really Anconas?

post #1 of 11
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Most Anconas I've seen have been mostly white with some black spots, but mine are have a mostly black body (some white spots on their belly or tush) with a white bib and speckled head.  It doesn't matter too much b/c they are just pets, but I'm curious. 

 

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Edited by kara_leigh - 3/28/12 at 8:11am

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Kara - home to 1 smart dog, 1 hyper puppy, 3 lazy cats, and 32 crazy chickens...oh, and a 13 year old kid and a husband thrown in there for good measure.   

 

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post #2 of 11

im not able to view the pictures...

Mother of 3 humans 1 cat, Cha, an Amazing Puppy, Ellie, who has proven to be a herding pup thru and thru! a 2 year old Welsh Harley Drake Eddy, and 5 adorable new babies hatched 3/28/12...Rose and Violet (black runners {Rose has a crest}), Poppy and Lily, (Fawn and white Crested Runners) and Fern, a Sweet little Khaki Campbell that was supposed to have a crest...oooops! 

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Mother of 3 humans 1 cat, Cha, an Amazing Puppy, Ellie, who has proven to be a herding pup thru and thru! a 2 year old Welsh Harley Drake Eddy, and 5 adorable new babies hatched 3/28/12...Rose and Violet (black runners {Rose has a crest}), Poppy and Lily, (Fawn and white Crested Runners) and Fern, a Sweet little Khaki Campbell that was supposed to have a crest...oooops! 

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post #3 of 11
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I fixed them...

Kara - home to 1 smart dog, 1 hyper puppy, 3 lazy cats, and 32 crazy chickens...oh, and a 13 year old kid and a husband thrown in there for good measure.   

 

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Kara - home to 1 smart dog, 1 hyper puppy, 3 lazy cats, and 32 crazy chickens...oh, and a 13 year old kid and a husband thrown in there for good measure.   

 

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post #4 of 11

they are beautiful! i would say they are pure...but i am no expert...so sweet!

Mother of 3 humans 1 cat, Cha, an Amazing Puppy, Ellie, who has proven to be a herding pup thru and thru! a 2 year old Welsh Harley Drake Eddy, and 5 adorable new babies hatched 3/28/12...Rose and Violet (black runners {Rose has a crest}), Poppy and Lily, (Fawn and white Crested Runners) and Fern, a Sweet little Khaki Campbell that was supposed to have a crest...oooops! 

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Mother of 3 humans 1 cat, Cha, an Amazing Puppy, Ellie, who has proven to be a herding pup thru and thru! a 2 year old Welsh Harley Drake Eddy, and 5 adorable new babies hatched 3/28/12...Rose and Violet (black runners {Rose has a crest}), Poppy and Lily, (Fawn and white Crested Runners) and Fern, a Sweet little Khaki Campbell that was supposed to have a crest...oooops! 

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post #5 of 11

they look like magpies.

post #6 of 11

I don't think there is any standard for the placement of markings on Anconas.  If they came from a hatchery, you get what you get and birds are often far from the standard, so they could be hatchery Anconas.

 

Whatever they are, they are beautiful. As long as you don't plan to breed or show them, they look like perfect eye candy and pets.

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post #7 of 11

It is possible that they are anconas, but they would be very poorly marked ones. Magpies are more black than they are white like the ducks you have pictured. Anconas are generally more "spotted". 

Here is a pic of my anconas from this winter. As you can see, they have spotted bills and feet, and their bodies have lots of white with black spots. I have seen some similar to yours that are pure and mostly black. It's just not as desirable in the breed because it makes them mistakable for magpies. Where did you get yours?

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NPIP CERTIFIED! Al's Quackery is a small duck farm in Southern Maine. I raise ducks, ducklings, geese, goslings and sell eating and hatching eggs.
Ducks: Anconas (All colors), Welsh Harlequins, and Muscovy (black pied, chocolate pied, buff, lavender, blue pied, blue fawn, and barred).

Call Ducks: "Ancona"/ magpie calls, silkie calls (snowy pattern)

Geese: American Buff geese and Sebastopol...

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post #8 of 11

Where did you get them from, and did you get them as babies, or hatch em? Were they sold as Anconas? Anconas can come out so heavily marked that they look like Swedes, plain-marked like Magpies, or even occasionally pure white. 

 

If you got them as babies from an Ancona flock, I could definitely see them as purebred but not with ideal markings to keep back. Mix them with some lighter-marked birds and they'd make pretty babies :)

 

If they're Anconas they'll still be good layers and good foragers with sweet personalities, even if they have more dark feathers than ideal. Your birds are adorable!

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Toadbriar - prints and original paintings

visit the Art Farm!
1 greyhound, 1 boxer, 3 cats, and 1 quaker parrot. Landscape crew: 1 mini horse, 4 tiny goats! 
A gorgeous rainbow flock of Ancona ducks, American Buff geese, & Narragansett turkeys. 

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post #9 of 11
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They seem to have way more black than even Magpies do (pictures I've seen anyway), and are WAY more mottled.  They also have black beaks and feet/legs with orange mottling.  My male has quite a bit of orange on his beak and mostly orange feet but black legs.  My oldest duck has a solid black beak with just a couple tiny orange spots on her feet. 


Edited by kara_leigh - 3/28/12 at 8:54am

Kara - home to 1 smart dog, 1 hyper puppy, 3 lazy cats, and 32 crazy chickens...oh, and a 13 year old kid and a husband thrown in there for good measure.   

 

http://talesofatransplantedcitygirl.wordpress.com/

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Kara - home to 1 smart dog, 1 hyper puppy, 3 lazy cats, and 32 crazy chickens...oh, and a 13 year old kid and a husband thrown in there for good measure.   

 

http://talesofatransplantedcitygirl.wordpress.com/

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post #10 of 11
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I got them from a lady off Craigslist, and I was told they were purebred Anconas.  I got them as babies (youngest two were 3 days, the older ones were 3wks and 4wks old).  The lady I got them from hatched them.  My avatar is the 3wk old the day I got her. 


Edited by kara_leigh - 3/28/12 at 8:56am

Kara - home to 1 smart dog, 1 hyper puppy, 3 lazy cats, and 32 crazy chickens...oh, and a 13 year old kid and a husband thrown in there for good measure.   

 

http://talesofatransplantedcitygirl.wordpress.com/

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Kara - home to 1 smart dog, 1 hyper puppy, 3 lazy cats, and 32 crazy chickens...oh, and a 13 year old kid and a husband thrown in there for good measure.   

 

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