Pure white ??

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Goat_Walker, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    Ok, So i have a solid white hen who is currently hatching me out some babies. Last I checked she had one or two that looked to be solid white. Now she was bred by a white drake and a black bibbed wild drake. So could these solid yellow pink billed / pink legged ducklings be pure white? or are these possibly from my black drake and just the white took over completely? isnt white recessive?
     
  2. From MDC's genetics page:
    White is incompletely dominant gene in Muscovy so breeding white birds to any other color often results
    in 'pied' birds. To the experts, these birds are actually white birds with haphazard color. Heterozygous
    whites, as ducklings, have yellow down with black patches on the cap of their head which are present
    only until the first molt. Heterozygous adults are pure white. Homozygous white ducklings have yellow
    down without the black caps. They, too, are completely white as adults. Both will have pink bills and
    feet.

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  3. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    Oh wow, my head hurts. So does that mean that even if its a black drake over a white hen that my "white" babies are still a mix of colors? Im asking because i have a guy who wants solid whites for breeding stock and i cant sell him ducklings that arnt all white in the background.
     
  4. lovesduckies

    lovesduckies Bedroom Farm Inc.

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    i have a solid white hen too and her hubby is a black pied drake.. no solid white babies. i got black pied and BLUE pied [​IMG]
     
  5. allanimals21

    allanimals21 Songster

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    once again I would kill for a white muscovy. I've got all sorts of colors but no whites.
     
  6. lovesduckies

    lovesduckies Bedroom Farm Inc.

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    Quote:have you seen mine? don't mean to brag lol but mine is a beauty!
     
  7. allanimals21

    allanimals21 Songster

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    Quote:have you seen mine? don't mean to brag lol but mine is a beauty!

    Well a picture would help! lol
     
  8. Goat_Walker, you should PM MDC or Cottage Rose on this one. Those two are pretty good in the genetics dept. There was someone else on here that had a good handle on all this color genetic stuff but I can't remember who. Sorry!
     
  9. lovesduckies

    lovesduckies Bedroom Farm Inc.

    Jan 11, 2010
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    Quote:have you seen mine? don't mean to brag lol but mine is a beauty!

    Well a picture would help! lol

    oh well i guess i could put some up originally.. my brain is gone..

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