With the powder-puff of feathers on its head, the Crested duck is a truly striking bird. It is a medium-weight dual purpose breed of uncertain origins, the most credible possibility is that crested runner ducks (Bali ducks) were brought to The Netherlands on ships and crossed with local ducks. The crest found on these ducks does occur in Mallards and their derivatives from time to time though, as a mutation, so it is possible that they were bred from sports of common ducks. Through selection, crested ducks have been created. Though striking, the mutation causes a lethal allele combination when two crested ducks are mated together, can cause around 25% of the embryos to die in the shell and there are quite frequently other health problems in the surviving young that hatch, such as twisted necks. From the offspring there will be some crest-less ducks too. If a Crested duck is mated to a crest-less duck, some of the offspring will have crests and no lethal allele combination, leading to dead embryos. The ducklings grow fairly quickly, making them good birds for the table and they are good layers. An adult drake weighs about 7 pounds, and females about 6 pounds. They were admitted to the APA's Standard of Perfection, which recognises two forms, Black and White, and the british Poultry standards in 1910. Other varieties, such as Grey (Mallard coloration), Buff and Blue have been developed by breeders, and crests may appear on others. Crests should be large and sit symmetrically on the center of the head. Details: Purpose: Exhibition, Utility: meat and eggs. Eggs: 120 to 200 Eggs. Origin: Unknown but possibly Asia. Weight: Drake: 7 lb, Duck: 6 lb. Pic by @LilDucky85 Pic by @Funky Feathers Pic by @aduckstolemyheart Pic by @Funky Feathers Pic by @Funky Feathers BYC Breed Reviews: https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/crested-white BYC Breed Discussions: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/837366/crested-ducks-the-whole-picture/0_30 https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/418920/crested-duck-and-ducklings-thread/0_30 Do you own Crested Ducks? Are you a Crested Duck breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including: · What made you decide to get this breed? · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose? · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed? · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!