I have what I believe is a pekin/mallard male and female. Snowflake is the female, and and I am certain her father is my male mallard, Potato. She was mostly yellow as a baby, with black on her head and tail. But she darkened up as molted, which is made me think she her mother was my Welsh harlequin female. But now that she's grown, I'm thinking maybe her mom is actually Waffles, my beloved pekin that died a few weeks ago. It would be just great to have a Waffles/Potato baby.
Snowflake's head and neck are very round and thick, like Waffles, and she carries her squarish body low to the ground, whereas my WH female has a long slender neck and a slimmer more stream-lined body. Snowflake also has a white chest, white tipped feathers on her wings and pure white flight feathers. My WH female doesn't have either of these traits.
But the biggest thing I recently noticed is that her bill and feet color are bright orange, where female mallards and WH have very dark bills and legs. So where did she get the orange bill from? The only two ducks I had with orange bills/legs were Waffles and my fawn/white runner, and I KNOW Snowflake ain't no runner girl. She's too round lol.
I would be just so happy if she was Waffles offspring. I believe I have a male offspring from Potato/Waffles, -he has white flight feathers too- but he needs to be culled soon. But not Snowflake. I can keep her
So what do you all think? Does anyone have any female mallard/pekin crosses?
Snowflake as a duckling
Here is my WH that I thought was her mom at first:
And the duck I suspect to be her full brother: