Black Swedish drakes

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by LilRalphieRoosmama, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    Do black Swedish drakes have a greenish cast to their head and purple in their body feathers? I have two drakes - one is black as described and the other is more of a slate/dark gray and his head is not turning greenish. I was told they were blue Swedish when I bought them as ducklings and now I'm wondering if the one is a cayuga mix? Here's a pic - what do you think?

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  2. Ducks-R-Us

    Ducks-R-Us Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The gray one is considered a blue sweedish and the other is a black sweedish. The blacks are more colorful and nice looking ducks. Here is a picture of a couple of my black sweedish.
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  3. LilRalphieRoosmama

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    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    OH GOOD! Thank you! I've tried searching pics but none showed a green head so I wasn't sure what I had. When I bought my girls, I was told they were blue Swedish too. They are still young, but since they look nothing like the boys, I'm not so sure (also in the pic). ?
     
  4. protodon

    protodon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes the black swedish drakes do have green heads and also a purple sheen to them. I actually have a black swedish that comes from a blue swedish x with a khaki or runner but he looks purebred. I guess the blue swedish genes really dominate over everything else.
     
  5. Ducks-R-Us

    Ducks-R-Us Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bet your girls are considered a splash sweedish. I do have a couple blue sweedish hens but they look just like your blue sweedish drake. Sweedish ducks come in Blue, Black, Silver, and Splash - so I bet they are Splash.
     
  6. newchickmom09

    newchickmom09 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2009
    ARIZONA
  7. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    Thanks for the info and your ducks are beautiful!! My girls are still young and their feathers are changing daily. I have one that I thought was a white crested but she's looking a little "splash" these days too. Time will tell. Thanks for setting my mind at ease!
     
  8. Soccer Mom

    Soccer Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2009
    West of Crazy
    Silver and splash are the same color in Swedes. Looking at your pic, I see three splash, one blue, and one black Swede (and the Mallard drake and the crested cutie).

    Enjoy them! Swedes are the best! [​IMG]
     
  9. TK Poultry

    TK Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    Greencastle, Indiana
    his head color will vary mine does and he is a drake he goes from very green in the spring to barely green now i was told that was a sign of fertility apparently not i hatched off some of his babies and he is barely green!!!! but here are my BBS to see the difference in the colors

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    not all of them are SQ but they are nice and i just bought some more show hens about a month ago they arent in this pic but the splash is up in the corner but the blues are supposed to be a nice uniform blue.....slate blue and not have dark blotches!
     
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  10. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    Nice ducks! I wondered about the splotches vs SQ. It really doesn't matter to me because I don't plan to show them, but I think he's beautiful [​IMG] They are still very young and just hitting puberty, so maybe that's why his head is still green this late in the year.

    Isn't my little Pierre cute? She's the crested. Yes, she! I named her before I could tell and it just stuck.

    Like the pics of the pens too. I will have to build breeding pens for mine. Sure don't like the idea of keeping them penned up but I'm planning to sell ducklings in the spring. Need to find a girlfriend for my Rouen though or he will be very lonely [​IMG] He is absolutely gorgeous - wish I had a better pic of him.

    What would the babies look like if I bred the crested to the Swedes?
     
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