cayuga ducks with an afro head

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  1. Big D Tapp

    Big D Tapp Out Of The Brooder

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    So I just signed up to Backyard Chickens. My name is David and I have always liked reading the articles and reviews and they have helped me in my little farm life. I have about 50 hens, 3 roosters, 2 young geese, 4 duck hens, 1 Cayuga drake, a couple guinea, 2 rabbits, 9 Cornish x (35 days old) and a few pot belly pigs. Some are pets of my wife and the other are for food. So I have some new Cayuga duck hatchlings. I noticed 1 was born with an extra ball of fur on their head, but just wrote it off that it would grow out or something. So these babies are a couple of weeks old and the ball of fur is not going away. I have not been able to find any articles of what this is or does this mean this not a pure breed duck. So I have some more that hatched this past weekend and it appears I have another Cayuga baby that will have a ball of fur on his head. Does any one have any ideas if this is common among Cayuga ducks?
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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  3. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls BYC Fan Premium Member Project Manager

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    Welcome Big D!
    Could this be a Crested Cayuga duck?
     
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  4. sannabelle

    sannabelle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    X2- sounds like you have some crested genes in these ducklings.

    Can you post a picture?
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    sounds crested
     
  6. Big D Tapp

    Big D Tapp Out Of The Brooder

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    The first picture is of 5 ducklings, about 2 weeks old with 1 of them with a ball of fur on its head and the second picture is of a single baby duck at 2 days old with a ball of fur on its head. I have 1 drake and 3 hens. So all together I have had 9 baby ducks born in the past 2 weeks and I have a 2 more duck eggs sitting under a Speckled Sussex hen at this time. Maybe 1 of the 3 hens has the Crested gene. Any feed back would be helpful. 20170517_194805[1].jpg FB_IMG_1495555635908[1].jpg
     
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  7. sannabelle

    sannabelle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yepp, that's a crest. I would find out which hen is carrying the crested gene and not hatch any more of her eggs, or cull her if you want to take that route. I know I couldn't do it.
     
  8. Big D Tapp

    Big D Tapp Out Of The Brooder

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    My wife is hand raising a few of the newly hatched Cayuga's so she can have a few that will not run away when she is in the yard. The rest are for eating. My wife diffidently has her favorites and her pets of all the animals we raise. I have learned a lot today and appreciate all the information.
     
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  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to Backyard Chickens. I don't know anything about genetics in ducks but, I wonder if the drake is the one carrying the crest gene. It would be good if you could also post on the Duck thread and ask experts.
     
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  10. N F C

    N F C Happy T-Day! Premium Member Project Manager

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    :welcome

    Glad to have you join us. Thanks for sharing the pictures!
     
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