Are we Call Ducks? **Updated Pics!!

mangus580

In the Brooder
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Mar 30, 2009
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Ok, so these ducklings were sold to me as Pastel Call Ducks....

Are they? The 2 larger ducks are about 5 weeks old, and the smaller one is about 4 weeks.











 
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dwhite

Chirping
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Jun 14, 2011
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They look like calls to me, was the person that sold them to you "visually impared" because those are no where close to pastel calls.
 

dwhite

Chirping
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Jun 14, 2011
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There are certain colors I am not good with, and this is one of them.
 

farmdude

Songster
10 Years
Sep 20, 2009
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NE Wisconsin
It has been my experience that when two different color types cross , for example a white and gray call cross will be black bibbed like these.
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farmdude

Songster
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Sep 20, 2009
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I don't know genetics. But there are some genetic wizzards on here. It maybe possible that these have pastel parents and carry the genes for pastels. Perhaps they'll produce some for you someday.
Good luck with them.
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70%cocoa

Songster
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Feb 24, 2011
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Well, your ducklings are blue with bibs (might be some black but really hard to tell in the light), but not good bibs at all.

Pastels are basically the mallard pattern with two Blue dilution genes. It is the same as what is called Apricot in bantam Mallards. The birds you have got are not close to that at all - they have Extended Black, which means you would not want to use them in a pastel breeding program. They may well carry some of the relevant genes (the blue ones anyway) but the Extended Black will just mask anything that you pair them with. Plus, the bib will keep cropping up.

Unfortunately whoever sold you these did not know much about breeding Pastel Calls


They are very pretty little ducks though.

What do you think you will do?
 

dwhite

Chirping
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Jun 14, 2011
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It really depends if the white is masking the particular gene, whites can mask anything.
 

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