mixing call duck colors

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by BlackBrookPoultry, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. BlackBrookPoultry

    BlackBrookPoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have bred a blue fawn drake to a pastel hen. I'm wondering what to expect from the offspring as far as color. I tried the call duck calculator and didn't see pastel listed as an option. Is there another name for pastel? I went to a UK website and tried to figure out if they call it something else, but didn't find anything.
    Here is a picture of the first duckling to hatch from this pair:
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    Last edited: Apr 8, 2011
  2. BlackBrookPoultry

    BlackBrookPoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I think I figured it out. Pastel is also apricot mallard. So it looks like I'll get some blue fawn and some pastel. I was hoping some wonderful new color would pop up.
     
  3. Sweetfolly

    Sweetfolly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nope, no wonderful new colors. [​IMG]

    Blue Fawn and Apricot are basically the same color - they're Wild-type Grey (Mallard), with 1 (Blue Fawn) and 2 (Apricot) doses of the Blue dilution. When you breed them together, every duckling will get one dose of the Blue dilution from the Apricot mom, and about 50% of the ducklings will get a dose of the Blue dilution from their Blue Fawn dad.

    If you bred the Apricot mom to a Mallard Gray Call drake, you'd get 100% Blue Fawns. Grey, Blue Fawn, and Apricot are colors that are often kept together in the same breeding pen, because you're technically not mixing colors, as all of the offspring will still be "pure" Grey, Blue Fawn, and Apricots.

    Hope that helps! [​IMG]
     
  4. BlackBrookPoultry

    BlackBrookPoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That helps alot. Now I know I don't have to sell the pastel colored ones as "mixed". Thank you!
     

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