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Muscovy day old sex link chocolate.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by kilby, Sep 26, 2015.

  1. kilby

    kilby Chillin' With My Peeps

    The Q would be if a duckling at hatch has chocolate head and wings and darker body is it a sex link drakelet for sure or is that for later days?
    Thank you for your replies.
     
  2. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Can you post a picture? Is it possibly a dusky, not a chocolate?

    -Kathy
     
  3. learycow

    learycow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only way you will have se-linked muscovies is if you bred a chocolate drake with black hens. Then the offspring will be sex-linked chocolate females and black males.

    What you are describing simply means that it is a color carrier. If not solid black as a duckling, then it's not a pure black. It doesn't mean its a male
     
  4. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    So chocolate male to black female means that all chocolate ducklings will be female and all black ducklings will be male? Will those black males be carrying chocolate?

    -Kathy
     
  5. learycow

    learycow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes and yes :)
     
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    learycow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No. Females are either chocolate or black, can't be carriers. So if bred to a black male you'll only get black ducklings.
     
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  9. learycow

    learycow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is the thing with muscovies. They are carriers and can carry multiple color genes.
    When I first started breeding them 8 years ago I had a trio of black and whites. They produced black, white, chocolate, lavender, buff, and blues! I sure was surprised!
    So the chocolate sex-linking only works if they are pure colors (typically). So your black to black will give you chocolates if they are carriers, but gender can't be determined unless you know that your drake is the chocolate carrier.

    I bred black barred hens with a chocolate barred drake this year. I know that they were ALL multiple color carriers. However, the sex-linking worked. Every single female that hatched was chocolate barred and the males were all black barred and blues
     
  10. casportpony

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    What do you know about the dusky gene?

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