Surprise Breeds?!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Hilfox84, May 31, 2016.

  1. Hilfox84

    Hilfox84 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 23, 2015
    Hello again! Ok duck people help me out here. Last summer I bought two female supposedly pure welsh harlequin ducks and one femal Pekin. I have a male Pekin. I thought it would be fun to try and hatch some eggs so I put three eggs in an incubator (one from each duck) and all three ended up hatching. Well it was obvious which was the Pekin lol. But the other two don't look anything like a welsh harlequin. I'm guessing the two females I have aren't really full harlequins. I thought they would maybe turn out mostly white being the father is a Pekin but they didn't. One looks like a rouin to me and the other maybe a blue or black Swedish? What do you guys think? None of them have gotten their drakes feathers yet so I'm still waiting to see which r females or males. The three in front r the ducklings and e 4 in the back r the ducks and the drake. I was totally surprised by their coloring lol. Thanks for the help!

  2. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    Middle Tennessee
    Your ducklings colors are called black bibbed and grey (mallard type color)... do you have better pics of your Welsh Harlequins?

    I don't think it's that they aren't Welshies, actually... breeding a different color to white is extremely unpredictable... a lot of white is recessive so it takes both parents to be white or carry white to make white offspring... also, basic harlequin is based on the grey color/pattern, *I think*...

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