what is the difference between domestic and wild mallards??

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by TayFray!, May 21, 2011.

  1. TayFray!

    TayFray! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a mallard and i was wondering what the difference was! thanks!
     
  2. Jeserah

    Jeserah Out Of The Brooder

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    Genetically, nothing really significant. All of our domestic breeds, except for the muscovies, come from mallard stock originally. In fact, there are some breeders who have wild-type mallards that they maintain in captivity. I believe you have to show documentation that you didn't just grab these birds from the wild and that they were captive bred, but I'm not 100 percent certain.

    The biggest difference would be if you got your mallard from domestic stock, he's probably got genes that code for color somewhere back in his lines, or that his genes that regulate growth or weight-gain are a little skewed. Otherwise, you have yourself a good lookin' bird, in my opinion!
     
  3. KansasKid

    KansasKid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2010
    South East Kansas
    A mallard is a mallard, no difference. Domestic mallards should have there right hind toe clipped. No other documentation is needed for them, only other migratory species unless stated by state laws.
     
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  4. TayFray!

    TayFray! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wait what do i need done in order to show them??
     
  5. KansasKid

    KansasKid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2010
    South East Kansas
    Well it depends. If it is just a local county fair/show the rules will differ if you have to show him/her by themselves or if they have to be a male/female pair. Some shows require certain tests to be done before birds are brought. Best thing to do would be to check with the place you want to show them for all the rules and regs.

    How did you acquire the bird?
     
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