Muscovy-What is Wild Type

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Jjfester, Jul 5, 2016.

  1. Jjfester

    Jjfester Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 17, 2015
    DuPont, Washington
    In trying to figure out what my Ducklings may look like when they are older I came across posts saying that the ducklings with the spots and the line on face are wild type.

    However I am not quite sure is if that means they have a certain look or certain traits to pass down.

    Would like an ELI5 version if possible.

    Thank you in advance.
  2. widelacing

    widelacing Out Of The Brooder

    May 18, 2016
    Oak Harbor, WA
    "Wild type" refers to the coloration of muscovies in the wild. They look like this:

    And my yellow duck in this pic is (generally) how the babies look. (Sometimes less, sometimes a little more gray.)
  3. HannahDuckLover

    HannahDuckLover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2015
    By the jungle
    Wild Type, I believe, is a certain coloring similar to what wild Muscovies have.

    Here’s one of my ducklings that look like how you describe (spots with line on the face):

    And as an adult: (She is gorgeous!)
  4. Jjfester

    Jjfester Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 17, 2015
    DuPont, Washington
    Thank you, that is what I was figuring, but couldn't find anything explaining.
    This is what one of my ducklings looks like. The other has much lighter black areas maybe more like a gray color with no spots or mark on the face.

    So pretty, thank you for sharing the picture!
  5. Ren2014

    Ren2014 Blessed Beyond Hope

    Jan 27, 2014
    Wild type - When a baby is born with four yellow spots on it's back and a dark line extending back from the corner of the eyes.
  6. Trifolium

    Trifolium Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 1, 2016
    Los Angeles, California

    "Other than erasing traits for wild type, atipico is an important gene in breeding Muscovies. While it's often said that atipico doesn't affect adult coloration, this isn't entirely true. Wild type birds often develop odd white feathers as they mature. Atipico allows for a better control over the genetic expression of white in adult birds. It is very rare to get an "irregular pied" bird with atipico. They hatch out with a specific pattern, and that is what they grow up with." -quoted from

    Wild Type doesn't mean the bird is wild... and it's easiest to spot at duckling stage when they still have their down. You will know instantly which ducklings are your culls...
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2016

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