Gritsar, what a shame that the MANAGER got 8 ducklings with no knowledge apparently. And since that silly lady with the dirty smug look picking the best looking chicks....picked the best looking ones, you KNOW she got a lot of Roosters. ROFL. now, what will she do with them? poor Roos.
I tend to over learn the breed I am getting so I am not surprised by much of anything. This is why I didn't get a runner to start, too high strung. Now, I have ONE as an experiment and she is doing fine, and I LOVE to watch her moving about because it is so different that my others.
My crested mallard is a female, and she is just fine. Her name is Bobross....it took a while for the other ducks to accept her, but now they are a good group. I still catch her sometimes and bring her in to cuddle and talk to. I am sure some of the eggs are hers and will hatch. I will use those that turn out crested as meat birds. Simple solution. Then I avoid to possibility of breeding two crested. I am not breeding to sell, mutts are fine with me.
I like the eggs and the antics. I have not culled a duck yet, only one chicken so far. I am still trying to determine the best way to kill. The head chopping is messy and it seems they flap a great bit more than a chicken does. I don't know if I can handle that yet.
I picked my crested mallard, because she was cute. I didn't need her, but she seemed to need me. out of all of them, she stood out to me. So, now she has a loving home, regardless of her deformity.