Does anyone here specialize in any particular breed/color?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Senna95, Feb 28, 2016.

  1. Senna95

    Senna95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone here specialize in any particular breed/color?

    I don't mean just having a couple of ducks that you breed....but does anyone have an actual breeding program? If so, please share:
    Type and color variety.
    - How many ducks do you have?
    - How many do you hatch, and how/when do you select your keepers?
    - What do you do with your extras? Especially drakes...
    - How do you advertise yourself as a reputable breeder of quality ducks, rather than the gal down the street that has a couple of ducks and a styrofoam incubator?

    I'll start:
    I have Indian runners. My colors are grey, blue fawn, pastel, trout, blue trout, saxony, and harlequin. These are my "good ducks". I also have some pekins, but they are just ordinary hatchery ducks. I hatch about 100 ducklings a year, and raise them all up till they are in at least their full adult plumage, but usually till the next spring so I can evaluate how well they are laying (it is something, IMHO, that runner duck people haven't been paying close enough attention to: they are, after all, supposed to be a laying breed...) Then I select my breeders. The extras get sold. I usually have no problem finding homes for the hens, but the drakes are a different story. Some of them find homes, and others get sent to the auction, where I get maybe a couple of dollars for such a high quality bird that I've got almost a year's worth of work into.

    As far as advertising, that's a hard one. How do I differentiate myself from Maria down the street with feed-store fawn and white runners? Haven't figured that one out yet. The APA doesn't recognize most of the colors that I breed, so poultry shows are practically useless (though I suppose I could display some breeding trios). The people that have come looking for quality ducks usually want them for their 4H kids, so they need standard colors.....

    And now that I finally have harlequin runners (yet another unrecognized color), I will be running into the same issues.

    Oh well, we do it for the love of the ducks, right?
     
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  2. curious chickee

    curious chickee Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have bantam buff brahmas. This is my first year breeding for SOP. We are waiting on our first hatch. We have two separate lines. I don't advertise and if I sell any it will be through shows or pullets to friends for eye candy. My extra boys become dinner. I plan on hatching out every egg I can and then selecting 12 from each line in the fall (6 cockerels & 6 pullets) to show. Next January I will narrow my birds to a breeding Quad for each line.

    Brahmas are late maturing breed so it takes a lot of patience. My October chicks are just now getting in their adult feathers.
     
  3. buff goose guy

    buff goose guy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do :) i am 1 on the 2 people in north america with true bred black mallards, never crossed with anything to become black and come from wild mallard bloodlines. It happened with a mallard pair i put into a breeding pen/aviary in 2011 i waited 6 weeks before i let her sit on any eggs so i knew that they would be the males, his name was drake, Once she hatched them she had 5 healthy grey(normal) mallard babies and one pure dark baby, i thought hmm strange and i thought she would grow out of it and she didnt. I have tried letting her have babies multiple times and onc eyear she had some black babies but she hatched them at the pond and not in an aviary so they were taken by turtles. She then had more eggs the next summer and i hatched them they were normal grey mallard pattern and grew up to be beautiful. So then just last summer i got some of her eggs and incubated them myself.again and she had 1 black baby a girl named nixie and spunky who is normal mallard grey pattern. because of there rareity and sable feathers they sell for a lot if i ever decided to sell them.
     
  4. Senna95

    Senna95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice, both of you! Pictures? Especially the dark mallards. I may have a "grey" (mallard colored) runner drake that matches your description. They seem to pop up every once in a while in my flock, and I'm not sure why...

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  5. buff goose guy

    buff goose guy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] first black mallard

    [​IMG] her daughter

    [​IMG] first black mallard

    [​IMG] mom and 1 of her sisters

    [​IMG]spunky and nixie daughters of dusky (the first black mallard )

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    [​IMG](spunky and nixie, nixie just dried off from the bator and spunky is 3 days old)

    [​IMG]( the two normal grey pattern mallards that dusky gave birth 2 the first year i incubated her eggs, they are alittle chubby because i spoiled them [​IMG] also i added a fliter becuase this is my profil pic let me find the original )[​IMG]







    grey is just the wild pattern of a mallard
     
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  6. Senna95

    Senna95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there any pattern on their feathers? (It's hard to tell from these pictures). What color do they have under the wings?

    If you really wanted to test for this color you should put one of the offspring back with mom....see what you get.
     
  7. buff goose guy

    buff goose guy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well you have to realize that it truly doesn't matter if i put them back to the mom they are dark black mallards also i have noticed that the gene usually carries onto females only, but ive only hatched 2 clutches myself i don't know if she had any black males in her first batch.

    It really really really dark brown pattern under the wings u cant see it unless the sun is on it i think i have 1 picture where is got some of the wing


    that is the top of the wing near the shoulder

    Also they do still have the blue on the side of the wing like a mallrd its just a bit darker. [​IMG]
     
  8. Senna95

    Senna95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I meant the underside of the wing. My guess is that it will be white because of the blue wing speculum. I am trying to figure out if you somehow got a dusky gene in the mix.....
     
  9. buff goose guy

    buff goose guy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ohh I knew what u meant I just don't have a picture of that with me and it's not necessarily white the underside of the wing is more silveryish :lol:
     
  10. buff goose guy

    buff goose guy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok I got a pic when she was takeing her bath today. Kinda sad though this is the last weekend she will be inside before going into her outdoor enclosure.
     

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