Magpie Call ducks.

scooter1989

In the Brooder
7 Years
Jan 10, 2013
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I have a Magpie call drake and he is the only magpie I have in my call duck flock. I would like to get more magpie duckling out of him if possible with my other colored call duck hen that i have.

The hens colors are:

2. butterscotch x snowy,
1. butterscotch,
1. blue bibbed,
2. grey x austrian spotted.

The drakes colors are:

1. Magpie,
1. Butterscotch,
1. Snowy,
2. black head butterscotch pied.

Is it possible with one of the call hens listed above to have more chances of producing more magpie colors?
Also does anyone know what cool marking and colors I can get out off any of these call ducks, like new colors and looks?

Thanks:
Scooter1989 :)
 

myfinefeatheredfriends

Songster
8 Years
Mar 1, 2011
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Tricky question. To be honest Call ducks have so many hidden genes it is difficult to say what would hatch from those crosses. It could be seemingly easy in that you could cross the Magpie drake with any of the hens and get 50% Magpies but not sure if their genes work that way. You might get splash instead or a completely different color you weren't expecting. Maybe someone who breeds Magpies will know more than I do...
 

scooter1989

In the Brooder
7 Years
Jan 10, 2013
51
0
39
Thanks: Myfinefeatheredfriend for your reply :)

I would love to even get splash out of him too. Maybe if i cross the magpie with the grey austrian spotted hen, they could maybe get Magpie ducking with spots on them...

I do know the magpie drake i have is not from magpie parents, The breeder i got him from said, one of her whites through in a magpie this year. So i told her i would take him :) So I'm questing maybe he'll through in some white ducking in as well.... I can't wait to incubate eggs from all 6 of my call ducks hen. I know they are hard to hatch but I think I know what I'm doing because, I had hatch 3 breeds of quails, large ducks, chickens, pigeons, robins and parakeets.

P.s. Yeah I been called Scooter all my life.
 

gryeyes

Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers
10 Years
Sep 22, 2009
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My slice of heaven in Somerset, CA
I have had call ducks and Cayugas, which are fairly large ducks, and I currently have a call drake in a flock of those Cayugas.

Elvis (the call drake) had a call duck mate, but a predator got her. I've had four call ducks with the Cayugas. (Just wanted to make it clear I'm not just basing my experience on a single duck....)

They're just like "regular" ducks except that they're so much smaller. The ducks (hens) are MUCH more chatty than other duck breeds and very loud. That's why they were developed, to have loud calls to draw in regular ducks for hunting.
 

TattooQ27

Songster
Apr 10, 2009
276
5
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Upstate NY - Albany area
You could possibly get Magpies out of crossing the drake with the other hens but since Magpie is a pattern it's kind of a tricky thing to predict. You would probably get some whites, some bibbed, some pied and then some variation of white with colored spots (ancona patterns of sorts). If you are just breeding for looks in your own pets then it could be fun to try and see what you come out with. If you plan to sell any of the offspring that look like Magpies just make sure you tell the buyers that the duckling was out of a mixed breeding so they don't end up with unintended surprises when the ducklings offspring are funky colored :)
 
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aldren90

Songster
9 Years
Nov 11, 2010
437
5
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Florida
Briar patch farms is right. I have studied the blue, black, splash, bibbed, magpie, chocolate, lavender, and white genes and coloring for a few years now and I am fascinated by those colors and the genetics behind them. Also they are my favorite colors too! But if you breed him to any of those other colors except the bibbed hen you will get some wacky looking ducks! The bibbed hen and the mag drake should give blues, and blacks in bibbed and magpie. That is your best bet. But call ducks do have an extreme variation in hidden color genes like I've never seen in any other bird before, so who really knows what you will get but those two are the best combo for what you are looking for. ;)
 

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