cayuga ducks with an afro head

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Big D Tapp, May 23, 2017.

  1. Big D Tapp

    Big D Tapp Out Of The Brooder

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    Does anyone have any information on a Cayuga duck with a ball of fur on its head. One 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 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.
     

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  2. Ironsentryfarms

    Ironsentryfarms Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, I got in crested cayugas and they look just like your chicks!! I love the little ball of fluff on their heads it makes them look so cute.
     
  3. Hillaire

    Hillaire Chillin' With My Peeps

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    someone is carrying the crested gene which isn't ideal. underneath that crest is a skull that has a little space between it which leaves the duck prone to head injuries from my understanding... it isn't ideal and if the duck turns out to be a hen breeding can cause injury or death...most breeders don't continue breeding hens or drakes that carry the crested gene. just an fyi
     
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  4. Ironsentryfarms

    Ironsentryfarms Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow I didn't know that! Thanks for sharing!
     
  5. Big D Tapp

    Big D Tapp Out Of The Brooder

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    I am curious now because of the 3 hens I have 1 that does not have any color or tint to her any where. The other 2 hens have a color to the end of there wings depending on the sun and what angle you see them from. I wonder if my third hen is a black crested duck runner? I originally got them from a farm at www.idealpoultry.com and they list black crested duck runners on there list to sell.
     
  6. BirdNerdSophie

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    The crest is fatty tissue that is covering a gap in the skull and sprouts feathers. Having the crest can lead to neurological problems later in life like seizures. I have a couple of 2 year old cresteds and luckily no problems for them as of yet. Good luck with your little ones!
     
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  7. FlyWheel

    FlyWheel Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    I've had a few runners born with crests, they are cute as buttons, and yes, the characteristic stays with them their whole life. However as other posters have mentioned ot is a genetic defect. I've never had any "die young" on me, they have all lived full lives, but I wouldn't breed them.
     
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  8. Ironsentryfarms

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    That is where ours came from as well, and our ducklings look exactly like yours do.
     

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