Are my welsh Harlequin ducks purebreds?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by newgirlforsure, Jul 19, 2016.

  1. newgirlforsure

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    I bought welsh Harlequin ducks from a hatchery. They were hatched April 11th. The female has a yellow beak. Is she not supposed to have a slate beak? I'll try attach a picture
     
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    I don'tknow anything about ducks. These are my first. I tried to find information online about showing them. My 8 ywar old entered them into the fsir and we were one of the only ducks that didn't place. What are judges looking for. What is good conformation?
     
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  5. Senna95

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    They could be pure-bred with faults. Both are way too light for regular harlequin coloring, and you're right, the female should have a dark bill and feet.

    That said, I think they are gorgeous. I love the lighter coloring, especially on the hen.
     
  6. newgirlforsure

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    Yea when i look at pictures of welsh Harlequin they look nothing like it. I may try a different hatchery next year.
     
  7. lomine

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    If you are interested in getting good show birds I suggest you try to find a breeder. The birds hatcheries sell are pure but they don't give as much consideration to following breed standard. Don't get me wrong, they are often great birds. I have three WH from Metzer myself and love them but they aren't to standard. On the other hand, a good breeder will be selective about which birds they keep for breeding. They will only pick those that match the breed standard. Here is a description https://livestockconservancy.org/index.php/heritage/internal/welshharlequin.

    If you can't find a breeder I think the hatchery that would give you thr best chance of show quality would be Holderread Waterfowl.
     
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    This is my WH hen from Metzers[​IMG]
    10 wks in that pic. Yours are very dilute, but absolutely lovely! Almost like a snowy Harlequin[​IMG]
     
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  9. newgirlforsure

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    If you are interested in getting good show birds I suggest you try to find a breeder. The birds hatcheries sell are pure but they don't give as much consideration to following breed standard. Don't get me wrong, they are often great birds. I have three WH from Metzer myself and love them but they aren't to standard. On the other hand, a good breeder will be selective about which birds they keep for breeding. They will only pick those that match the breed standard. Here is a description https://livestockconservancy.org/index.php/heritage/internal/welshharlequin.

    If you can't find a breeder I think the hatchery that would give you thr best chance of show quality would be Holderread Waterfowl.

    thanks! that is a good idea! I found somebody at the fair that has beautiful welsh harlequins! I almost cried they were so perfect. I will see if he has any for sale. Even if i could get some fertile eggs. I just want a few hens as pets for eggs.
     
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    Your duck is beautiful! I love her dark beak! That is my favorite thing about the welsh hens, is the slate beak!
     
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