Is my ancona a.... A.... MAGPIE?!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by DUCKGIRL89, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I got 7 ducklings early spring last year and some people told me my black and white duck was a ancona, so I though "COOL" so I have been calling her my ancona for almost a year... Now ive been looking at hatcherys in TX with anconas to see where they may have gotten mine, and none have anconas, but ideal has magpies, could i have a magpie?!
     
  2. RAREROO

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    Do you have a pic ? Anconas have random spots and blotches all over. Magpies should have a more definded pattern with a patch on the head and a large patch/saddle on the back
     
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  3. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:She has no sploches. See the thing is I wanted to get a drake (ancona) for her to hatch pure babies [​IMG] would that still work? Let me get a pic real fast!
     
  4. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Overrun With Chickens

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    It's possible. They are very similar in markings, size, egg laying, etc. The only reason I know mine is an ancona and not a magpie is because she came from Orschelns and their ducks came from Estes, which has anconas but not magpies. Do you know or have any way of finding out what hatchery she came from?
     
  5. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. RAREROO

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    Quote:She doesn't have the "correct " color for a magpie but I have heard it is a hard pattern to get consistant and then especially comming from a hatchery, they wouldn't put effort into the pattern, so she may well be a hatchery magpie but some anconas can have a lot of black coverage like that so I couldn't say for sure.
     
  7. JulieNKC

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    How big is she? Ancona's are supposed to be bigger than magpies. Mine is bigger than my khaki, but slightly smaller than my swede mix drake.
     
  8. DUCKGIRL89

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    She is about 6 or 7 lbs...
     
  9. ChickenfootDuckbutt

    ChickenfootDuckbutt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:mine were smaller than my two magpies, could fly some too, they were purebreds, from stock decended from holderheads.


    she could either be a poorly marked magpie, or a poorly marked Ancona.

    I can't really tell.
     
  10. toadbriar

    toadbriar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm trying to select for a heavier body, and more speckled markings, precisely cos of ambiguous situations like this!

    It's tough. After all... this is also a hatchery Ancona - from cackle:
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    Your girl looks like a real sweetie, no matter what she is [​IMG]
     

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