crested or peking

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by sandy sea, Sep 22, 2011.

  1. sandy sea

    sandy sea Chillin' With My Peeps

    455
    0
    152
    Mar 19, 2008
    Gavilan Hills, CA
    iS A WHITE CRESTED DUCK JUST A PEKINg or is it a whole breed of it's own? I have two pekings now. would it be ok to add a crested to the group?
     
  2. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

    5,583
    29
    241
    Jan 11, 2010
    Australia
    All breeds of ducks can be crested. It is a genetic mutation. It would be ok to add a crested - but some things to consider... 1. Get a male rather than a female. The crest can kind of be used as a " handle" during mating if the female is crested. The crest is formed by a hole in the skull- so it is something to think about, also- remember that a double dose of the crested gene results in greatly reduced hatches because up to half the duckling will die because of the genetic trait. Crested ducks are gorgeous. I have a single male of breeding age in my flock. I have some young ones hatched and am trying to decide if I should keep one of the babies rather than the drake.. So hard to choose when they are all so cute, but I will only keep one on my flock.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by