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Black Appleyard duckling - pic post 7

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by crperdue, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. crperdue

    crperdue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a solid black duckling that hatched out of a clutch of silver appleyards. They are pure appleyards from Holderread show quality stock. There is no chance that any other drake contributed to the gene pool so this duckling is pure appleyard.

    Has anyone ever heard of a black appleyard?
     
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  2. rollyard

    rollyard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:No because Appleyards are genetically colour-wise light phase restricted mallards with resulting phenotype (very light wild-type mallard). They don't have the known gene for black & don't come in black!

    This would be interesting if absolutely no chance eggs being mixed? Do you keep any other black-ish ducks?
     
  3. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    Our eggs had a black hatch as well. I was told the dark duckling is most likely a drake, while the light colored ducklings are hens. Vent sexed the dark one and yes he is a he. His feathering is starting to come in nicely now.
     
  4. Senna95

    Senna95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are the ducklings black, or could they be dusky? Could you post pictures of the young-un FLChickens?

    I once had a dusky (looked very dark all over) that hatched from a group of trout runners. I think both parents must have been hiding the recessive dusky gene. It grew up to be a light colored dusky: just like the trouts, only no eyestripes and no blue wing speculum.

    If it is truely black, I think at least one of the parents would have shown some inkeling of it.
     
  5. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    I will take pictures this morning when we go out to work on our quail pens. The ducklings are in the yard for the day already.

    Shellie
     
  6. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    Boy top left, girls bottom left and bottom right. Top right is a buff growing out with them.
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    Again boy is the top left in this picture too. Please ignore the ducky mucky pool lol, never ending battle.
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  7. crperdue

    crperdue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is a pic of my black appleyard. He is with a male and a female for comparison. As you can see, he is
    solid black without any trace of a pattern at all. He is 100% appleyard as there is no chance of any accidental
    breeding or of any egg mix-up.

    [​IMG]
     
  8. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    The color he is as a duckling isn't going to be his adult color. It will be interesting to see how he grows out.

    I don't see how you could get black from Appleyards, but I do have one whose juvenile plumage looks snowy. I just assume that she is an exceptionally light colored duck. The color that is visibly expressed isn't always what they are genetically.

    I suppose you might have a melanistic duck like they get occasionally in pheasants.
     
  9. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    By the way, the duck that he is standing next to, isn't a Silver Appleyard, either.
     
  10. crperdue

    crperdue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG]

    There isn't really any chance that these are anything but pure appleyards. Unless you think Holderread sells
    "show quality" stock with questionable genetics OR some sort of prank by a magical cat burglar bent on disrupting
    the genetics of backyard poultry enthusiasts. [​IMG]
     

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