Rouen feathers coming in black?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Purra, May 20, 2012.

  1. Purra

    Purra In the Brooder

    May 17, 2012
    I've never raised ducks before, so I'm not sure if this is normal and the feathers will change? My rouen duckling is getting in his/her feathers. Black tipped with brown on its neck and around the wings, but the entire belly and tail is solid black. Do you think it's maybe a cross with another duck? It doesn't really matter much, I'm just curious. I thought they got the same feathers as mallards, and my mallard duckling has a cream colored belly.

    Sorry for the silly question!
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England

    Not a silly question at all.

    Sounds to me like it could be a cross, though not necessarily. Sometimes breeds have "phases" of color. Since I have runners and buffs, I cannot say much about rouens, except that I have seen photo's and they are lovely.

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