Runner/Pekin Crosses - Color?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by FoodFreedomNow, Dec 15, 2016.

  1. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    My Indian Runner/Pekin crosses are now almost 8 weeks old. Mom (Runner) is fawn and white - dad is white (of course) - but the ducklings are gray (blue?) and white. I know Pekin crosses can show some unexpected colors...will these guys stay this color?

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  2. NathanZee

    NathanZee Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    I can't say why they are blue, I'm sure it's some hidden gene in the Pekin. I doubt they will change... They are beautiful!
     
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  3. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks! I figured they'd likely stay blue, given their age...appreciate the confirmation. [​IMG]
     
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  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Gorgeous ducks love their blue feathers.
     
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  5. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you! [​IMG]
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    They are so pretty with their lil blue hats on. [​IMG]
     
  7. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    LOL!! They do wear hats, don't they? Some have berets, some are wearing bombers.

    I've been trying to identify ducks vs drakes and read that for Runners, the girls are the loud ones. There are at least a few loud ones in that group! The Muscovies give them a look like they're thinking "what in the world??" [​IMG]
     
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Yep girls Runners etc are very loud I have 7 Runner females and 2 Buff females my Muscovy's pretty much ignore them. But it's funny how different the Muscovy and other domestics are. My Muscovy's are so laid back especially this time of year barely move unless it's to eat or for treats. The Runners and Buffs are on the go most of the time. And eggs gosh I have never gotten duck eggs in this time of year that's a treat too.
     
  9. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Your Runners and Buffs are laying? I'm envious...I know I'll get plenty of eggs come spring, but duck eggs are my hands-down favorite. I keep hoping the Runner mama will start laying again, but I've yet to see anything...even a few duck eggs would be nice...[​IMG]
     
  10. Miss Lydia

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    They actually started laying when they were 4 months old so they have been laying 4 months and haven't gone a day with out at least 5 most days 6 eggs a few times all 7 at once. I keep thinking they will slow down soon. You Runner should start back laying soon if your Pekin is mating with her. That is usually what starts my girls back after they have hatched ducklings. I am talking Muscovy here since I haven't had any of my youngins hatch anything. Maybe it's not the same for these R/B's this is all new to me. Only ever had scovy's.
     
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