Crested gene in ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by CreamBruelle, Oct 3, 2016.

  1. CreamBruelle

    CreamBruelle Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 26, 2016
    I'm looking to buy some crested ducks and breeding them with the ones I've got. Will 50% of the offspring be crested? What happens when I breed and crested to another crested?

    Thanks :))
  2. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    southern AL
    You will end up with a fair number dead in their shells (about 25%).
    If a duckling receives the crested gene from both parent birds, the duckling will not survive and will die before hatching. A double dose of the crested gene will cause the duckling’s brain to develop improperly and outside of the skull.

    Have you looked into crested genetics?
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2016
  3. quackers619

    quackers619 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2015
    I have 2 crested ducks and one of mine is fine the other has had many problems like blindness and a deformed side crest. I love the ones i have but after doing research on the white crested ducks i would never buy one my advise would be make sure you do your research
  4. learycow

    learycow Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 1, 2011
    Southern Maine
    Crested to crested yields a high percentage of offspring that will die in the egg before hatching. But the survivors will have a higher chance of having a larger crest than the parents.
    To get the best hatching results, breed crested to non crested. You'll get offspring that are crested, some non crested that carry the gene, and some that are non crested and don't carry the gene. But non will have a lethal dose of crested genetics

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