I have hatched a bunch of ducks this year- and am just not getting the colour I had hoped for. I had a look at my duck genetics book and devised a way to improve the colour without having to start from scratch with a Welsh Harlequin over runners and over many generations choosing for type and colour get get my own line of Harlequin Runners. Anyway- I ran my thoughts by someone with a better grasp of genetics than myself- and had my thoughts confirmed that at least in theory my plans should work although will take a few generations. I have a friend way over the other side of the city and went for a drive yesterday to bring home a young duck she had kept aside for me as she knew it was just what I am looking for. Although not convinced it is a female- I brought it home as I could always do with another unrelated drake anyway. I also had spoken to her about buying or borrowing one of her girls that is currently laying. She actually offered to lend me two!! I was over joyed at the prospect and we gathered up the two who in her own flock are proving to be the most appropriate for my future plans. Being that she has also hatch so many recently- I took the opportunity to pick out 2 week old babies as well, that will grow out to be very similar to the 2 ducks she has lent me. Here are the babies. And the two adult females. They have a few feathers missing and are molting so are very much lighter in colour than they are in full plumage- but they are still gorgeous. Just a few days ago I had 50 ducks and a goose here- and although needing to reduce numbers- I couldnt go past this chance. So for the weekend..I have sold twelve- and brought home 5- so at least I have 7 less mouths to feed- and space in the incubator for the eggs from the two new girl. The lighter of the two is laying eggs with a light green shell - So that will make it easy to know which duck is the mother come hatching time. I know it will be a while before I know the eggs are fertilized by my boys- but I did see them get to work on the girls just moments after them walking out of the travel crate. Poor girls...what a welcome to the place they will be having a summer holiday.