Pekin x Cayuga Ducklings

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by becky3086, Oct 9, 2009.

  1. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

    Oct 14, 2008
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    I recently got some eggs from Chickie Mamma and hatched out 8 duckling. [​IMG] They are from a flock of pekin and cayuga running together. Chickie Mamma said that all the chicks she had ever hatched from them were yellow, black, or black with a yellow breast. I got 6 yellow, 1 black and this duckling:

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    I guess, I am just curious, do you get this beautiful brown anytime you mix pekin x cayuga? He even has brown feet and legs.
     
  2. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    I cannot answer your question but WHAT a CUTIE! I would love to see pictures of this one as it grows and feathers out – if you would not mind updating this thread every once in a bit. – hint hint, nudge nudge [​IMG]
     
  3. mahsmaj

    mahsmaj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So what do they look like now?? [​IMG]
     
  4. mahsmaj

    mahsmaj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any updates on how the brown duckling turned out?? Or any of the other ducklings??
     
  5. Becky89*

    Becky89* Chillin' With My Peeps

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    adorable little duckie you got there [​IMG]
     
  6. Blooming chicks

    Blooming chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I too would love an updated picture. What is the duckling starting to look like?
     
  7. rollyard

    rollyard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pekin are white & the gene for white is epistatic (dominant) over all other genes for colour when pure, so all other colours/patterns that they have are masked. Cayuga are black & may or may not be pure for the black gene (although pure bred birds should be)? Birds with the black gene will be black unless modifying genes (white pattern &/or diluters) are introduced, depending on state (recessive/dominant, homozygous/hemizygous, sex-linkage/male/female). To get white ducklings from a black (pure) x white the black must have the recessive white gene hidden. Otherwise all ducklings could be black, or diluted/white patterned black (bibbed/pied/blue/choc etc), or even wild-type (modified?) for example. In other words, you could get just about anything all dependent upon what the white & black have hidden, purety, sex [linkage], etc.
     
  8. rhondita55

    rhondita55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm a newbie with ducks and just got 4 adorable little ducks. Just got them today and they look nothing like the pic posted at the beginning of the thread. We put them in a water trough until they are a bit bigger, then will put them out with the chickens. To many Coyotes here to let them just free range, but we fenced in the old horse shade from top to bottom, so there is lots of room. Right now they are just having a hay day in the cake pan.. DH just went to get a small kitty litter box for them. Hate going to the feed store, always come back with some kind of baby. Today it was the ducklings and a lionhead/lop eared bunny..... :)
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  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Might be black swedish, they sure are precious. Chickens can really put a hurting on ducklings I would suggest their own pen and coop.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/750869/raising-and-caring-for-ducklings#post_10611711 best info we have on caring and raising ducklings.
     
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  10. rhondita55

    rhondita55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The horse shade has 2 separate areas with a fence in between and a door. I think at 1 time part of it used to be a dog kennel. It has a cement floor and chain link all around. But I wasn't going to put them together until the ducklings were big. That's how I introduce new chicks, I put them where they can see and interact with the other chickens, but the big chicks can't get to them. By the time I let them be together, they are used to each other.

    The feed store said the breeder told them they were pekin X cayuga.
     
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