The Truth Behind Crested Ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Kevin565, Sep 9, 2012.

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  1. Nyssa03

    Nyssa03 Chirping

    Hi Kevin -- is that also true for "tufted" geese ? thanks, Patsy
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing

    Dec 22, 2009
    That's a great question! To the best of my knowledge the two are very different. Tufted feathers just tend to point up more in that section rather than other feathers instead of being caused by a skull deformity. I personally do not raise the breed so if any Tufted Roman people could verify this it would be greatly appreciated.
  3. cutechick2010

    cutechick2010 Songster

    Someone else mentioned Silkies, I assume she meant chickens. This does not hold true for the crested breeds of chicken, does it? Thanks for the information, BTW, I had no idea that this was a health issue. I thought it was just feathers and some extra skin. I will keep this in mind for the future, and will pass it on as well.
  4. Paigej

    Paigej In the Brooder

    Jun 29, 2012
    Houston, TX
    I have a crested Rouen. I think she's awesome and my friends love her the most because of her "mohawk" but I didn't go out to specifically buy a crested duck. She was my "rouen" order from California Hatchery and they get their stock from Metzer. Seems like there can be a chance for getting a crested duck from a "normal" duckling order. [​IMG]
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  5. pastrymama

    pastrymama Songster

    Apr 30, 2010
    i have a crested silver appleyard duck that came in my holderread's order in june. holderread's doesn't even sell crested breeds so i have no idea where she came from, but she is quite beautiful.
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  6. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing

    Dec 22, 2009
    Yes crested ducks are often added into orders when dealing with hatcheries. This is one of the reasons I now prefer dealing locally when it comes to buying birds. You know what your getting at the time of buying and the breeder knows the lineage of the bird.
    That's very interesting. I'm very surprised Holderreads would have the gene in their birds lineage.
    That's a great question! I do not have any experience with chicken genes so I do not have a definitive answer. I would be very interested if any of the chicken people could inform us about this it would be greatly appreciated.
  7. Marty1876

    Marty1876 Hi Everyone!

    If people stop wanting these ducks, people will stop breeding for and hatching them. Everyone who becomes a consciensious objector to this cruel and unadvisable liability to the species, and shares their info, is another step and maybe many helpors, for the species of duck.
  8. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    Sometimes crested just happens. A great breeder like Dave Holderread can hardly be held to account if the occasional crested duck happens.
    Chicks and ducklings once sexed (if that is done) are not usually further separated into crested and non. They are packed as they come through.

    I also don't think anyone should be made to feel as though they should apologize if they like and want crested ducks.
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  9. Yes but she was just trying to warn people. I personally don't like them, but its not like shes trying to make people feel bad. Its warning people.
  10. Marty1876

    Marty1876 Hi Everyone!

    It is true that defects happen, but I must say that I feel like allowing a defect that is fatal is not a good breeding decision. When I was still getting my pre-med degree, we discussed the nature of humans wanting to breed defects into benefits. Sometimes it works out, some defects don't actually injure or cause death in animals, but any defect that is always on the edge of a blade, in embryotic offspring death, juvenile and adult death, all traceable to one specific defect, like crested ducks in these case, should be discouraged. This is a bad defect, it maims and kills more than 50% of offspring either in the shell, or afterword.

    I don't know that there need be guilt feeling involved for loving or having these ducks. There is also sound reason to begin to discourage the breeding of death genes.
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