I have a pair of Rouen cross ducks that are breeding age. I've kept them back because they look exactly like Pastel Rouens and are absolutely divine. The cross is a Rouen x "something x Rouen" father that was covering Rouen hens. So they are 87%(ish) pure. I would like to incorporate them into my main Rouen flock, but would like to know how recessive the Pastel coloring actually is. Is Pastel a dilute, or does it become the Blue/Black/Splash gene? I'm really interested to get a flock of nice, heavy production (not Exhibition) Pastel Rouens going. Also, at what point would you consider these Pastel Rouens officially a pure? The ducklings would be roughly 94%(ish) Rouen (except for the two Pastels, which, I think, would only be considered 87% pure again). Would it be based on Rouen percentage, or based on when they breed true? Since I assume that the "something" from the father is going to end up popping out unusual colors here and there. I'd like to sell hatching eggs from these guys once I have done a test hatch or two. I just want to be careful that I am explaining things right to any buyers. Lastly, the drake is 100% Pastel-looking. The hen I'm not sure about. She has the Rouen pattern, but a light cream/tan body instead of the dark mahagony brown body typically found on hens. I found a reference to Light Rouens and can't find a picture for a Pastel Rouen hen - would the Pastel hen look like a Saxony? Is the Light Rouen just a lighter coloring? I'm fine with parting with the hen if she will muddy things up. I just thought the contrast was lovely.