What color is this Muscovy?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Caprice_Acres, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. Caprice_Acres

    Caprice_Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a partially feathered 8 week old 'scovy ducklng, in a color I haven't seen from my birds until this one.

    At hatch, I thought it was a black. However, it now has white tipped black feathers on it's belly/underneath of tail. It's breast feathers are similar, except they look to be a brown or peach color with white tips (more peach towards head, more brown on the breast) - hard to say because he's a pied and most of the breast feathers are white. It's head appears to be a mix of those colors. Feathers that are coming in on it's wings are jet black with green sheen. They're getting to the age where I'm starting to tell the sexes apart - I'm pretty sure it's a male. [​IMG] I think from the 8 I kept from his clutch of 16, I have 4 males, 4 females. [​IMG]

    The dam is a chocolate pied, sire is a blue pied. Siblings were chocolate, white, color crested white, blue, black, and lilac.

    I'm sorry the recent pictures are so poor quality - My actual camera broke so I'm stuck using my phone camera, which does a *pretty* good job but isn't ideal. [​IMG]

    As a baby - he's the black one in the bottom right corner:
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    Back:
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    Belly:
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    Under-tail:
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    Side-shot:
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  2. ilovemuscovy

    ilovemuscovy Out Of The Brooder

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    you get yourself a barred muscovy
    aren't they just a pretty sight?
     
  3. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    thats all I ever get out of my black x black scovies [​IMG] , dont you just love it?
     
  4. MDC

    MDC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is a black pied duckling. What you think might be barring is actually due to the 'wild type' gene. Those feathers will molt out around 12-14 weeks & will be sold black after that.
     
  5. ilovemuscovy

    ilovemuscovy Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:how do you know this? it's just that i have 2 barred ducks and i want to know if the same will happen to them.
     
  6. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    It doesnt really look like barring to me, I have a black hen that hatched this year, she feathered in with some white/gold flecked feathers on her chest and tummy (wild type thing) She will molt them out eventually & be solid black with a bib. She is a little funky looking right now though, just like your guy. Still pretty though of course [​IMG]
     
  7. keeperofthehearth

    keeperofthehearth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes, I agree with MDC and Bleenie, Black Pied duckling. Ducklings/Juvies have a tendancy to be a bit funky in the color dept. Throws you off sometime. [​IMG]
     
  8. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    Really??? I didnt know that happened. ive always had barred juveniles but i guess i always sold them before their first molt [​IMG] thanks for the info !
     
  9. Caprice_Acres

    Caprice_Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read on here that the 'wild types' have the four spots on the backs as ducklings? If so, this one DID have those 4 spots.

    This one is odd because most of my pieds have white underbellies - with color just on the head and back. However, none of them have ever had the rippled face feathers, as I've had black headed black pied ducklings grow out, none ever looked like this one.

    Thanks!
     
  10. MDC

    MDC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Barred ducklings are yellow downed as ducklings with "blue" bills & color-tipped tails. If you're familiar with the basic down colors of the varieties you can tell the color the barred duckling will be, most of the time by the color on the tip of the tail. I believe that the duckling in question is the black duckling in the first photo? That right there is enough to tell me that it is not barred, although it could possibly carry barred if there is barred in the parentage, it just won't express it.

    That 'wild type' pattern of the black duckling in the first photo, sometimes referred to as the 4 spot pattern, also tells me that it is expressing typical wild type juvenile feathers which are usually lighter on the tips until the first molt. I, too, thought it was barring at first.

    Barred ducks can be seen here: http://www.muscovyduckcentral.com/varieties.html and here: http://www.muscovyduckcentral.com/muscovyinfotwo.html

    A barred duckling at hatch: [​IMG]
     

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