Welsh Harlequin experts - Color question

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  1. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    My little girl Abby Cadabby is REALLY REALLY dark!
    Abby

    See what I mean?

    This is her sister Prairie Dawn in front.
    Prairie Dawn

    The three WH I raised from a baby all looked pretty much like Prairie Dawn.

    So how did she get to be so dark? Her dad is a Holderread's Drake. Mom is either a Holderread's gold hen, a Metzer gold hen or a Metzer silver hen.
     
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  2. Featherland

    Featherland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did they all look the same as ducklings?
     
  3. Sweetfolly

    Sweetfolly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have anything constructive to say, but Prairie Dawn is gorgeous! [​IMG]
     
  4. CityChicker

    CityChicker Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. Javamama

    Javamama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one exactly like that too Wife! If she wasn't so noisy I would think she's a he. I'm trying to learn more about the coloring especially since I have such a wide range in mine.
    City, is there a way to explain this- m+/m^d - in layman's terms? I would love to know more. And what is harlequin phase dusky? I see that term alot but I need more description or a photo to make the connection in my brain. Is there a genetics for dummies book or website [​IMG] It's fascinating.
     
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  6. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    So it is most likely that the mom is Wendy...my Metzer hen with eye stripes?
    Wendy
    She is the one in front with her bill stuck in the dirt. You can also see the other mom candidates. Shelley on the left (Metzer Silver) and Lexus behind Wendy (Holdderead's gold).

    And here is another pic of the sisters just because they are so stinking cute [​IMG]
    Abby & Dawn

    Also, the young gold drake in the back is TJ. He was from the batch my broody runner hatched. Any guesses as to which of the girls is his mom?
    Tweak Junior (TJ)

    If she wasn't so noisy I would think she's a he.

    We THOUGH she was a he. That ducks original name was Oscar! But like your duck, there is no doubt this mouthy thing is a girl now! [​IMG]
     
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  7. CityChicker

    CityChicker Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    One of your other Metzer WH obviously carries pied (Runner pattern or R/R). I will have to go back and look through your other posts to find which one, but I am guessing it must be Shelley. It is the one that shows the clear line of demarcation on the breast where it goes from spotted to white

    Yeah, it is Shelley that is the most white (aside from Prairie Dawn) and has that clear line between the white and the speckling.

    I am also guessing that Prairie Dawn is most likely Shelley's daughter. Not only because of the color, but because of personality/intelligence. Shelley is the only one of the adult ducks that ever figured out ramps. Out of the babies (including the ones I sold) Prairie Dawn is the only one who figured them out too! [​IMG] She also seems very "aware" just like Shelley. With the other ducks you wonder if there is anything going on in that fluffy little skull [​IMG]

    Understanding the genetics involved requires a basic knowledge of genetics (which really isn't that difficult once you study it a little)

    Are you kidding?? I had to wrap duct tape around my head while reading your post to keep my head from exploding!​
     
  9. Blooming chicks

    Blooming chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Too funny! But the same goes with me. I think the genetics is so interesting, I just wish I could wrap my head around the logic!
     
  10. Javamama

    Javamama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I'll have to track down some books that have pictures to really get it [​IMG] Thanks for explaining. I kinda learned something. I think [​IMG]
     
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