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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by happyhensny, Aug 23, 2011.
I have been offered these and not sure if I should get them, any ideas?
DUDE. I've just gotta comment, i've never seen these ducks before they're so pretty O_O; getemgetemgetem
Well, I am going to get them anyway but would love to know what color to expect from the ducklings.
Im not sure what colors you will get but I do have to say, you will have a bunch of fun with these little guys. I have a pair of regulars, maybe getting a pair of whites next year. They are getting a new fully featured enclosed pen this year to. I spoil them just a little. Here is a website I found you can take a look it has a lot of good info on the whites breed with regular. http://www.mallardlanefarms.com/mandarins.htm You might have to copy and paste it. But here is what he this site says
Split to white is a term commonly used to decribe those birds that are regularly colored but have the genetics to produce some color mutated offspring, in this case white. These birds normally aquire these genetics by having one white parent. Listed below are breeding results that I have recorded from my own breeding program, for the four available mandarin pairs listed above. Percentages are approximent and may vary some from your own results.
Regular Mandarin Pair- all normal colored offspring
White Mandarin Pair- all white offspring
Split/White Drake w/white hen- 60-70% white offspring all of the remaining regular colored birds will be split/white.
Split/White Drake w/reg colored hen- 20-25% white offspring about 50% of the regular colored offspring will be split/white while the other half will not carry the white gene. It is noteworthy to mention here, that there will be no way to tell the split/white birds from the regular ones except thru careful breeding.
Here is what I got. The white seems to have some head feathering but the owners said it's "quack noise" is much louder that the other and it never developed a male-looking plumage. They fed them chicken layer but got no eggs that they found. They were in a big enclosure with lots of grass. Hard to tell gender in the picture but any advice I will greatly appreciate.
Looks like 2 drakes to me.
Quote:That's what I thought. The white females are ALL white, correct? No peach coloring at all.
Im affraid you have two males. If you look at the head you can see their crest. The females dont have this, they just look normal. Like a wood duck female. Now you just gotta find two pretty little females to go with them.
Quote:Well, I think I got a fair deal on buying the two anyway. $40 for both. I'll just have to have to find some girls to go with them. Anyone have any idea where to find some?