Eek! Crested duckling from non-crested parents?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Dipsy Doodle Doo, Jan 11, 2008.

  1. Hi!
    Imagine my shock and surprise to see Zack and Zoe's second duckling is crested!!!
    They are both *normal-looking* Pekins.
    The first duckling was *normal*. The second d'ling hatched last night and it's crested!!!
    I had a group of crested whites (Pekins?) from MMcM so I (LOL) didn't think it was deformed or such --- but I didn't think 2 non-crested ducks could make crested babies.
    Pretty neat!!
  2. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    It happens. A "throwback" or a gene that burped.
    Congrats! [​IMG]
  3. Thanks!
    Where did the crest come from? Was there a crested breed crossed into Pekins or is it a naturally occurring thing?

  4. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    As far as I know it is just an anomoly. Then once a crested duck happens, people breed for it.

    I used to have a crested pekin duck named Puff. [​IMG]
  5. silkieluvr

    silkieluvr Songster

    Sep 20, 2007
    Marin, California
    do you have any pics of the new little one Dipsy?
  6. Here they are, Zeus and Zena:

  7. bayouchica

    bayouchica Songster

    Jan 23, 2007
    N.E. Louisiana
    aww, what cute babies [​IMG] thanks for sharing [​IMG]
  8. [​IMG] They are cute, but they have the 'pain-in-the-butt' factor going X 10 --- they can flood a brooder in less time than it takes to water the other brooders.
    But they are darn cute.
    I should have more ducklings hatching next week. It will be interesting to see if I get more crested d'lings.

  9. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Songster

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    Awww...they are just too cute!!! My Favorite Duck ever was my crested Duck Sweetpea! She was such a sweety!!
  10. BrahmaMama

    BrahmaMama Songster

    Jan 8, 2008
    South Dakota
    Aw, such beautiful little babies!

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