Need help with breeding?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by teal29080, Apr 29, 2016.

  1. teal29080

    teal29080 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I bought mix ducks that are pekin/Ancona can I breed the pekin out of them with pure breed Ancona duck?
     
  2. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not really, You'd still end up with mixes, though less pekin, and more ancona. Though maybe, through very careful breeding and many generations, you could be close.

    You'll always be battling the various traits that are carried through generations. Some may be tied to males, some to females. For example, in fruit flies, there is a genetic trait that is only carried through the females of the species. IF a mother passes along this genetic trait to her child, the child will die before fully developing unless mom passes along ANOTHER genetic trait. While I don't know of any identified traits in ducks that work this way, it's a great example of how gender plays a role in the genetic makeup of the off spring.

    Since Ancona wasn't derived from Pekins, I don't know that you could ever really be sure that you have pure Anconas, though you may be able to breed many Pekin traits out of your birds after multiple generations.
     
  3. teal29080

    teal29080 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. That helps a lot. I will have to tell them no which sucks since they lay blue eggs.
     
  4. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No to what? There's nothing wrong with having mixes unless you're really into showing or breeding.
     
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  5. teal29080

    teal29080 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This boy wanted to trade me my campbells for them. But the more I thought about it and since my kids want to breed Ancona plus your advice I decided against it.
     
  6. teal29080

    teal29080 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have a problem with mix breeds. I love the variation you get when you cross but my daughter's want to breed Ancona ducks to sell so they can raise money for college.
     
  7. learycow

    learycow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No! It doesn't matter how many generations you breed the pekin/anconas to anconas, the resulting offspring will ALWAYS be crosses. It's actually very misleading as some people will do this and sell as anconas simply because the offspring will be marked like anconas. And many unsuspecting buyers won't know the difference. That is why you should only buy from a reputable breeder with known bloodlines if you want to get into anconas seriously. There are just too many crosses out there that can look like and be mistaken for anconas!

    If you want pure anconas, shoot me a message. I breed them and have a list of breeders I know have pure lines and sell eggs and ducklings as well. I'm happy to help you with the breed or at least point you in the proper direction to ensure you don't start off with a junk flock
     
  8. teal29080

    teal29080 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. That is very sweet. I bought some eggs off a lady in North Carolina that breeds them and sells eggs. Her website is 'nantahala ' , I pray that she is good, she seem very knowledgeable on her site.
     

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