Mallard x Buff Orpington Hybrid

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by NathanZee, Feb 9, 2016.

  1. PotatoWaffles

    PotatoWaffles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Haha I meant third one. I just edited my post lol. I should start using their names to help with confusion. The third one, Dickie, is the one I'm positive is mallard/runner, and he is the lightest. The pekin/mallard male Frankenduck is by far the heaviest. He is huuuuge. The pekin/mallard female Snowflake is short but heavy and very round. The last one that I'm not sure about, Mr. Duckie, is smaller than the pekin/mallard male, but is putting on more weight. To me he looks like he's shaped just like a mallard, but with a gray head lol.

    This is Mr. Duckie (and Frankenduck) when they were adolescents. Duckie had feathers like a mallard pattern, but instead of black and brown, they were gray and brown.
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  2. NathanZee

    NathanZee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh I see now! I'm surprised Mr. Duckie can't fly, he looks just a little bit heavier than a mallard. I love how his feathers were as a juvenile, it would be fun to see a female of the same cross.
     
  3. PotatoWaffles

    PotatoWaffles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought they were pretty too. Maybe he will have eclipse plumage that looks like that :)
     
  4. NathanZee

    NathanZee Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm guessing it will. None of my ducks have gone into eclipse, they are too young, but from what I've read, eclipse is very similar to their juvenile plumage.
     
  5. PotatoWaffles

    PotatoWaffles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yea I believe so. My mutts are young too, only about 4-5 months old. But maybe next fall they will eclipse :) maybe though, I don't know if being half pekin or runner will affect their ability to molt into eclipse plumage.
     
  6. NathanZee

    NathanZee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh, younger than mine even then! Don't runners and pekins go into eclipse?
     
  7. PotatoWaffles

    PotatoWaffles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well pekin are all white all the time all year round. They're like fat marshmallows :) I thought runners stayed the same color all year too. My Welsh harlequin male never changes color or loses his green head like my mallard does. I always just assumed it was a mallard thing.
     
  8. NathanZee

    NathanZee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well yes, pekins and runners don't change colors, but they still do technically have a eclipse plumage, it just looks the same. That's strange your WH never changes. I've heard that all mallard derived ducks go into eclipse.
     
  9. PotatoWaffles

    PotatoWaffles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do they really? I had no idea. Pretty cool :)
     
  10. NathanZee

    NathanZee Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm not positive, but I think so. [​IMG]
     

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