Call duck breeding ( colors) ?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Soaring Chicks, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. Soaring Chicks

    Soaring Chicks Soaring Hawks Farm

    Jan 3, 2010
    First off sorry. I know there has been a lot of these ?'s of late.

    We are close to finishing our winter / breeding coops for the calls.
    So I have to start pairing them off. I'm good on all but one pair.
    Do to the fact that I have not found any pastel ducks for my drake.
    I do have a extra chocolate duck I can put with him.
    So with this is my ? - what will that give me?
    Chocolate pastels , chocolate ,and ?????. Or is that all wrong?
    Not that it really matters to me ,but I do sell enough to feed everyone ( mainly to support the hobby)
    So I would like to beable to tell people what they have or could have from that breeding.
    Plus I am wanting to start showing them too.
    So all the info I can get will help me take that next step.

    Thank you for looking and for any answers I get too.

  2. kswaterfowl

    kswaterfowl Songster

    Mar 11, 2009
    Greencastle, IN
    As a rule, in waterfowl you can breed self to self and pattern to pattern. Meaning, you can breed gray, blue fawn, pastel, snowy, etc... together and get the same colors back. (Not always, but most of the time.) And blacks, blues, silvers, chocolates together. If you cross the two seperates together you end up with mixed varieties and often you get smutty looking birds that look like other colors but aren't. If you breed a grey to a white you often get black bibbeds because the white is masking the colors the white carries. But when we were breeding Call ducks, one pen had our greys and a pastel hen and the other pen consisted of "Krahe Blacks", black magpies, chocolate bibbeds, a blue magpie, a solid white and a black bibbed. We hatched some very nice bibbed ducklings from that pen as well as some Ancona marked ones, but have since only kept one pair of magpie calls for fun and the rest are long gone now.
    Hope that helps a little.
  3. Soaring Chicks

    Soaring Chicks Soaring Hawks Farm

    Jan 3, 2010
    Thanks so your saying they will be a mix if colors and will be fine for pets only.
    Ok can deal with that. Would be cool to get a chocolate pastel though.
    Thanks for your reply.

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