Silver or Gold phase Welsh Harlequins?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by aineheartsyou, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. aineheartsyou

    aineheartsyou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Harley and Quinn have the dark heads and dark eyes on their feathers, Ducky has the light colored head and light brown eyes on her feathers.

    here they are a couple days old
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    and here they are today, a month old
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    Ducky's light brown eyes on her feathers
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    Quinn's dark brown eyes on her feathers
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    side view of Ducky
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    side view of Harley
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    What are your thoughts?
     
  2. Big Dreamer

    Big Dreamer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ducky looks to be a golden phase, and the other two seem to be silver..im not positive though...but i recently posted a topic "My Ducks! :)" and in there i have 2 golden phase hens and 2 silver phase drakes, one is pied though, and Harley looks pied almost too, cool!!
     
  3. aineheartsyou

    aineheartsyou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks for the reply! I cant wait to see how they turn out [​IMG]
     
  4. DurhamDuck

    DurhamDuck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh their all so cute! I love your photos!
     
  5. azhenhouse

    azhenhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is Harley a drake?
     
  6. aineheartsyou

    aineheartsyou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:yup
     
  7. ducklover700

    ducklover700 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that's funny- I saw your picture of Harley and immediately thought "now, there's a drake!" and yet, I haven't figured out my own birds yet. [​IMG]
     
  8. Dusky Beauty

    Dusky Beauty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe "silver and gold" is told in early life by wing speculum feathers, not overall color. "Silver Phase" harlies have blue or teal stripes on their wings. While a "gold phase" harlequin has bronze or greenish stripes on the wings-- so you won't be able to tell for sure until those early feathers grow in I think.
    This is just how I remember it in Storey's guide to ducks.

    A welshy's adult coloration isn't "true" until 2 years of age. They may lighten and darken for some time in between.
     
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