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Breeders of rare colored ducks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Moonducks58972, Apr 25, 2016.

  1. Moonducks58972

    Moonducks58972 Out Of The Brooder

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    I would like to know where I could find some breeders that specialize in rare colors of ducks. I am not going to get any ducks immediately however because of space, just looking for a breeder to go to in the future.
     
  2. Senna95

    Senna95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What breed(s) are you looking for? Most duck breeds are very color specific, with their color being an important part of their standard. The most color varieties can be found in call ducks and runners.
     
  3. Moonducks58972

    Moonducks58972 Out Of The Brooder

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    Well I was looking for ducks in general to explore and see what rare colors could be in any breed, but to be specific would probably be some Indian Runner Ducks or possibly Pekins if there is any rare color mutations with them at all.
     
  4. buff goose guy

    buff goose guy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi

    I raise purebred black mallards. I have never owned any black ducks other than muscovies and I have had the mallards genetically tested. I have the lineage of my first one, she was hatched from one of my grey mallard pairs that had been in the breeding pen, about 5 or 6 years ago I believe. Any way yeah it was a big surprise to see a little black duckling under my hen that summers morning, I knew that the duckling was going to be special so I did have her genetically tested just to make sure.


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  5. Moonducks58972

    Moonducks58972 Out Of The Brooder

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    How much do you charge for the black mallard ducklings? And do you ship them from state to state, and if you do ship ducklings, how much would the shipping cost? (Sorry if the questions seem annoying in any way)
     
  6. buff goose guy

    buff goose guy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Please pm me any questions :)
     
  7. Duck Drover

    Duck Drover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Calls come in alot of colors and they are cute ducks but not very good layers and they are loud. They are a good choice if you want ornamental ducks and you don't have close neighbors.

    We have Australian Spotted ducks and they come in three basic colors, depending on the drake's head color, but the background colors have alot of variety within the three basic color types. They are slightly larger than Calls and they are the best layers of the bantam breeds.

    We had Runners once and they were too hyper for me. They do have an unusual look that some people like but I prefer a duck that looks like a duck. Runner crosses look like they are put together wrong and finding pure Runners is difficult and expensive.

    Many duck breeds have standard colors so you will not get alot of colors that way. In breeds that have lots of colors, mixing some colors can give you standard colors but other colors will end up mixed so you need to know about color breeding if you plan to keep hens and drakes. The majority of duck breeds are only in one standard color. The Australian Spotted ducks can be color bred like BBS chickens.
     
  8. Moonducks58972

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    So color mutations that's unusual for a certain breed is less likely to occur or be breed as a new pure standard color for a breed of duck?
     
  9. Duck Drover

    Duck Drover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Right, mutations of color that don't meet the breed standard would not allow the duck to be classified as that breed. In order for a breed to be recognized, it must breed true and color is a marker for most Mallard derived breeds.

    Muscovies also come in many colors but they are a different duck than Mallard derived breeds.
     
  10. Duck Drover

    Duck Drover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    "Due to the malleability of the mallard's genetic code, which gives it its vast interbreeding capability, mutations in the genes that decide plumage colour are very common and have resulted in a wide variety of hybrids" according to Wikipedia.
     

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