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Ok thanks. And what if I were to breed a white to a mallard. I know white is dominant, so would I just end up with white birds and possibly mallard carrying white recessive. Thanks

White isn't dominant :) In ducks, white is recessive. It also 'covers up' every other color. So, unless your male is split to white, you won't get any white ducklings at all. What you will get will be a surprise, depending on what color the female is genotypically 'under' the white.

Also, since you're in Australia and your color names are possibly different than ours, when you say blue mallard, is this a mallard duck that is solid blue? Or, is it a mallard patterned duck that also has the blue gene, which in the US we would call blue fawn? The ad is gone now so I can't see any of the pictures, only the one picture of the chocolate bibbed hen.
 
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White isn't dominant :) In ducks, white is recessive. It also 'covers up' every other color. So, unless your male is split to white, you won't get any white ducklings at all. What you will get will be a surprise, depending on what color the female is genotypically 'under' the white.

Also, since you're in Australia and your color names are possibly different than ours, when you say blue mallard, is this a duck that is solid blue? Or, is it a mallard patterned duck that also has the blue gene, which in the US we would call blue fawn? The ad is gone now so I can't see any of the pictures, only the one picture of the chocolate bibbed hen.
That’s interesting. Also, here’s the photo of the ‘silver Mallard drake’.
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That’s interesting. Also, here’s the photo of the ‘silver Mallard drake’.
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I think that's actually what we call blue fawn, probably what you would call blue mallard. I don't think he has two copies of blue, just one. His head looks too dark to be silver, though it's possible that's just the lighting in the picture.
 

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I think that's actually what we call blue fawn, probably what you would call blue mallard. I don't think he has two copies of blue, just one. His head looks too dark to be silver, though it's possible that's just the lighting in the picture.
I see the resemblance to a blue fawn. Also, here’s another picture that was on the ad:
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The heads definitely dark.
 

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