Magpie or ancona?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by alaska-chick72, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. alaska-chick72

    alaska-chick72 Out Of The Brooder

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    Been reading up on these two breeds and would like to know what is a accurate way to tell the difference between these two breeds? I have 3 either magpie or ancona and not sure what breed they are. They have the more even body color of a magpie but mottled head spots and not a perfect cap. The hen also lays creamy white color eggs. I'm not sure how much they weigh. But their bigger than my mallards. I read somewhere that a magpie will lay green eggs.

    Anyone have any info??

    Ill try to get a picture if I can get my phone to work,,,,lol.
     
  2. alaska-chick72

    alaska-chick72 Out Of The Brooder

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  3. alaska-chick72

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    If you look at the picture up close you can see that the hen in the background has a cap on her head, but not a really good one.
     
  4. gofasterstripe

    gofasterstripe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ancona
     
  5. alaska-chick72

    alaska-chick72 Out Of The Brooder

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    What are the dramatic differences in the two breeds so I can tell in the future? Please explaine it to me so I know.
     
  6. redneckranch1037

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    These are my Magpies. They have distinctive only 2 places (cap and saddle) that have color. Ancona's have more "smattering" of color. Make sense?
     
  7. redneckranch1037

    redneckranch1037 New Egg

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    oh and check out any books by Holderread and/or check with the American Livestock Breed Conservation website
     
  8. alaska-chick72

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    Wow, what a difference. I've been reading and most that has been written on the two breeds don't have any comparison pictures. Thank you for posting the pic. Now I guess I do more research on the ancona. Thank you for the.posts.
     
  9. alaska-chick72

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    Not to be ignorant, but how is that pronounced? Ancona... an-con-a?
     
  10. learycow

    learycow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would agree that they are anconas.
    If you look at their heads, they don't have a cap. They have smaller spots and some "speckling".
    Anconas should have more spots and speckling rather than a large overall spot. But you will find some anconas to be very heavily marked and mistaken for magpies.
     

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