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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by LMEggs, Dec 18, 2010.
How about this color ?? Ever seen this before ? Got pics anyone ?
Heres my... Spangled??
A good soaping may help.
Just kidding. Do you have a full picture of your bird?
Do you know how your bird was bred LMEggs?
The pen of birds this young drake came from had a Black white head hen and a black hen frosted white face and a Silver barred pied hen and a blue pied hen and a blue pied drake and a black and white pied drake and the siblings of this drake born same day
and this odd colored one... Buff ?
This is the drake in subject when he was younger
Ahhh, your doing my head in........putting aside some of the white for the moment, your breeding pen had two black hens, a silver barred hen & a blue pied hen, mated two two drakes > a blue pied & a black pied?
At least one of your drakes obviously has the recessive sex-linked chocolate gene hidden doesn't he because chocolate has expressed in female progeny. None of the breeding ducks you have described sound like they have choc because if they did you would see some evidence of it, ie, your blacks would be chocolate, your silver barred hen would be lilac, & your blue pied hen would be blue fawn. Regardless, even if they (descibed females) did have choc they wouldn't pass it onto any female progeny would they, only drakelets (sex-linked gene).
Your subject drakeklet is possibly pure for blue, ie, silver, & if so, would have to have come from your blue pied drake & either your silver barred or blue pied hens! The pattern may be related to minor expression of one of the patterning genes, eg barring, or it may not? He also appears a little uneven due to moulting? I had a blue/white duck a couple of seasons ago that had a similar pattern on secondaries/coverts/scapulars that were lost with juvenile plumage. The gene for barring may or may not have been in my birds, but having bred mostly white, had never seen any other evidence of it before in the few coloured birds I have bred.
Your boy looks to be a Blue Fawn/Lilac... is he molting right now?
Here's a picture of my Sidney as a "baby", he has the same color spots but he's Blue.
As a big boy: (he was pale because this was just after he recovered from a paralyzing illness)
There does look to be some expression of brown in your subject drakelet (particularly when younger), & was wondering (although omitted to mention it above) if what were seeing was the influence of one dose of the recessive sex-linked chocolate gene? Or maybe description of your silver barred &/or blue pied ducks (females) incomplete?
It would be interesting to see photos of these two ducks (silver barred & blue pied) wouldn't it!
The muscovy in the second pictures is a silver barred if I am not mistake?