So, I asked this on the genetics forum and didn't get much of a response, so I figured I would try here. I have Buff ducks. I *really REALLY* like them. Only its been next to impossible to find any breeding stock at all. I finally got a drake for my girls (a mink ate both of mine over the winter) last weekend, and that took me almost 4 months of searching and emailing and begging to get! None of them are any place close to show quality either, but I don't have a poultry standard to look up the breed standard to see how far off I am. I got some Buff Ducklings, and the quality on them looks even worse. They're all feathering in LACED over the backs? Is that normal? So, suggestions here? I just hate like heck to just cull them all, seeing as how they are a rare breed, but its been nothing but frustrating. I could switch to Cayugas and find show stock much much easier, but I love my Buffs! I just had no idea it would be so hard to find any stock, let alone show quality stock! Do I save the best typed hens out of those laced ducklings and breed it to my drake? How do I get RID of the lacing? I'm assuming that the offspring out of my two hens and the new drake will be better than those ducklings, but I don't want to cull them all, and then have a Fox eat my drake and be back where I started, with two hens and no Drake! I'm still on the hunt for better quality stuff, I've found a few breeders on Ebay and most will not even respond. Is there a website for Show Quality Waterfowl that I'm just not finding? I think I have googled everything and come up short. Is there a National show for Waterfowl or Poultry like there is for rabbits? I went to the OH National last year, but there were no Buffs for sale there that I saw.