Raising 2 crested ducklings

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Aeromeggy, Jun 13, 2016.

  1. Aeromeggy

    Aeromeggy Hatching

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    I recently hatched ducklings in my Kindergarten classroom. Out of the 11 that hatched, I took 3 home to raise (I also raise chickens and pigs). This is my first time having ducks and from reading these forums I have come to realize that 2 of the ducks that I took home, choosing them because of their "mohawks" are actually crested ducks and it is a genetic defect. I was never planning on breeding the ducks, but is there anything I should know about their care or raising them? The 3rd duck does not have the crest.

    I included a picture (though not a great one) of one of the crested ducks when it was a few days old. They seem to act just fine.[​IMG]
     
  2. Cherib603

    Cherib603 Chirping

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    It's not a defect. It is a mutation and perfectly healthy.
     
  3. Aeromeggy

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    Thank you for the clarification.
     
  4. Cherib603

    Cherib603 Chirping

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    Mine are actually the smartest in the flock. :)
     
  5. dotknott

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    I dunno, its fatal if you have offspring that gets the crested gene from both parents... It sounds a little defective to me.
     
  6. Cherib603

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    I have crested ducks. I ordered them as hatchlings from a well known supplier. They are wonderful ducks.[​IMG]
     

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