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Magpie Call ducks.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by scooter1989, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. scooter1989

    scooter1989 In the Brooder

    Jan 10, 2013
    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?

    Scooter1989 :)

  2. myfinefeatheredfriends

    myfinefeatheredfriends Songster

    Mar 1, 2011
    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...
  3. myfinefeatheredfriends

    myfinefeatheredfriends Songster

    Mar 1, 2011
    PS I love your screen name :) I have a rooster named Scooter
  4. scooter1989

    scooter1989 In the Brooder

    Jan 10, 2013
    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.
  5. ChampionAlex

    ChampionAlex Songster

    May 22, 2012
    Do you have regular ducks to? Wondering if call ducks act like normal sized ducks
  6. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    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.
  7. Coyote Night

    Coyote Night Chirping

    Dec 24, 2012
    You should get magpies out of your magpie drake crossed on to those other hens.

  8. TattooQ27

    TattooQ27 Songster

    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 :)
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2013
  9. briarpatchfarms

    briarpatchfarms Songster

    Jul 24, 2008
    Grayson, Ky
    If your wanting more black magpies I would cross him on your blue bibbed hen, you should get a couple blue and black magpies in this cross.
  10. aldren90

    aldren90 Songster

    Nov 11, 2010
    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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