Crested mallards

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by harley12, Dec 17, 2015.

  1. harley12

    harley12 Hatching

    Mar 8, 2014
    I have two crested mallards male/female pair. I have heard alot about how there rare and also alot of people complaining that they are crested. Is there a reason every one complains and are they really that rare ?
  2. seashoreduck

    seashoreduck Songster

    May 6, 2013
    Cresting is a mutation, and is one that is indicates infertility and other, more serious issues in reproduction. A pair of crested may have a fertility rate of sub 50% in addition to producing offspring with other genetic issues.

    There are some examples of breeders who have created a good stock with less issue, like Metzer's crested Pekings, but for the most part crested=bad news. It's a defect.
  3. my 4 silkies

    my 4 silkies Hatching

    Jun 13, 2014
    I have a crested mallard that just became the daddy of 14 2wks old, with a blue swedish and 5 1wk.old with another blue swedish.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by