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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by beakkeeper, Jan 22, 2009.
Will it be ok to keep a male offspring? I'm asking because of inbreeding.
When I look up the golden welsh harliquin I have seen many with orange or yellow orange bills. ????
Yes, but by the standard they shouldn't be. In fact, gold phase isn't an accepted color at all, only silver is.
Bill sexing is only 70 to 90 percent accurate, depending on what line you have, and only one picture is showing, but this one, if the sexing is accurate, is a female.
In the UK, Silver phase isn't accepted
It should be okay.... All of my birds (accept from 1 duck) all originate from 6 birds..... I just introduce new lines/blood when I start getting problems in the offspring (which is normally after a few generations).
Funny how that's different! I wonder how that happened, that silver became accepted in one place and not gold, and then the opposite happened elsewhere.
A question for all in here who are hatching welsh harlequins, what day of incubation are they hatching on for you? Someone has said to me that they are supposed to take only 23 days to hatch. I have never had any duck hatch that early of any breed.
Mine always hatch day 28 or later..... If you're getting them hatch on day 23, than the temps are way too high.
Mine hatch 1 or 2 days early when I figure 28 days, so I've set my calendar to 27 days to compensate. My turkeys also often hatch a day early. I just set the ducks and turkeys a day after the chicken eggs to better coordinate the hatches.