D'Uccle beard color

Discussion in 'Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the SOP' started by muddywaterducks, Sep 17, 2016.

  1. muddywaterducks

    muddywaterducks Just Hatched

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    I have been breeding my line of D'Uccles for years now and I just had to chicks come out with a full white beard and then the other has a solid black beard. the rest of their body is normal mille fluer but the beard is solid in color. Why? they are gorgeous birds and I was just wondering.
     
  2. Wappoke

    Wappoke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The different coloration is due to the autosomal recessive mottling gene. Mille fleur carry the recessive mottling gene ( and other genes) which causes the secondary color pattern called mille fleur. The mottling gene, along with modifiers, expresses a white tip on the feather. Sometimes the mottling gene expresses as a patch of white- the white beard is a patch of white expressed by the two mottling genes.
     

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