Breeding for colour

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Hi, I was considering breeding some Mallard coloured Indian Runners, by breeding a white runner duck to a Mallards Drake then continuing to breed the offspring back to more white runners. I was just wondering if that can be done that way?

Also, I may also get some white call ducks to breed with my Mallard Calls for type.
 

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Yes, that will work :) Your first gen cross would be all mallard colored. However, they will all be split to white, so when breeding them back to white runners, you'll get 50% mallard split to white and 50% white.

And eventually you'll have to work on breeding the white out so as to not get unexpected white ducklings down the line.
 

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Yes, that will work :) Your first gen cross would be all mallard colored. However, they will all be split to white, so when breeding them back to white runners, you'll get 50% mallard split to white and 50% white.

And eventually you'll have to work on breeding the white out so as to not get unexpected white ducklings down the line.
What does split to white mean?
Also, what I may do is get 2 white runner ducks and pair them to two different Mallard drakes. Then after a some generations I’ll breed the two lines together.
 

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What does split to white mean?
Also, what I may do is get 2 white runner ducks and pair them to two different Mallard drakes. Then after a some generations I’ll breed the two lines together.
Split to white means they'll be carrying white - white is a simple recessive in mallard derived ducks. If they inherit two copies, they will be white, no matter what other color genetics they have going on.
 

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I’m now getting a blue fawn call duck, so I’m wondering if I were to cross her to my natural mallards what that’ll produce, as well as breeding a Cayuga to a natural Mallard as well. Thanks and sorry for so many questions @Pyxis
No worries, I don't mind answering :)

Blue fawn to mallard will yield 50% blue fawn and 50% mallard.

Cayuga to mallard will yield all black bibbed ducklings.
 
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