What kind of duck is my fellow?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by SilverPhoenix, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. SilverPhoenix

    SilverPhoenix Bantam Fanatic

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    I have a drake named Tux, and I suspect he's some kind of mix but I'm not sure what. I was wondering if anyone has any ideas? I think he might be part Rouen, as he's the exact same size as my Rouen pair, but what else could he be mixed with? Magpie? Something else? I'm just curious.

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    Also, I want to tell a little story about how I ended up with Tux! I'm a wildlife rehabber, and an old friend of mine called to let me know she found a sick duck at a local lake. Our duck rehabber refuses to take domestic ducks and it was obvious when he came in that he was a domestic, so I volunteered to take him. He was so sick he could hardly raise his head, and the urates in his stool were out of control. His back end was constantly covered in feces, I had to change the paper towels in the storage bin he was in about ten times a day because they were soaking wet from urates, his eyes were watering, he kept shivering, he was incredibly weak... Poor guy was just a wreck. I was afraid I was going to have to put him down, which was a sad prospect because I grew attached to him quite quickly.

    One of the other rehabbers in my group and I collaborated in trying to figure out what exactly was wrong with him. It took us a good week or so to decide what it was, but we eventually figured out that it was a case of Chlamydia psittaci. Unfortunately, this is contagious both to other birds and humans, so I had to place him on careful quarantine in my garage. I washed up and changed my clothes every time I handled him. I put him on a forty-five day course of Doxycycline twice a day, and slowly he began to improve. Finally, after a full month and a half, he had completely recovered and finished his medication course and got to be put in with my other ducks! The three ducks immediately became friends and now they hang out together all the time. I had been concerned that the other two ducks wouldn't take to him because they're a breeding pair and he's another male, but they're the best of friends. [​IMG]

    On a funny note, this is the only duck I've known who has gotten acupuncture! One of my fellow rehabbers is an acupuncturist and decided to try that to help him recover. [​IMG]
     
  2. chicktwit

    chicktwit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I saw a pic of a duclair on feathersite.com that has quite a bit of the same coloring & carriage. They also resemble Swedes. By golly he kinda looks like one of my cayugas. He's good looking. I'm glad he's feeling better. You know you gotta get more ducks. The boys need a couple more girlfriends each. More like 3 ducks for each drake to ease competition. Ha Ha!
     
  3. TK Poultry

    TK Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    looks like a swede mix to me b/c he is a drake but w/o the green bill but it has the white primary feathers and all of the characteristics (mainly) of a swede

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    my newest show hens playin in the mud

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    and some babies i hatched in october

    so here are some ducks to compare him to when he was a baby and now if that helps
     
  4. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    More than likely a swede or swede cross , seeing as the only other thing that it could be would be a magpie cross- but fro that It woul dhave to have different spots of black on him. I have a drake and hen mag cross and swede cross - very similar looking. Here is my Mag cross drake :
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  5. SilverPhoenix

    SilverPhoenix Bantam Fanatic

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    Quote:Thanks! I think he's really good-looking, too. [​IMG] Looks like he has a tuxedo on, hence his name! And I may get more ducks, we'll see! My mom would be unhappy because she keeps telling me I need a smaller flock, but...that's easier said than done, haha! I love poultry, they're so collectible. We'll see, maybe I'll hatch some ducks because I'm thinking of getting an incubator.

    greencastle_ducks, he does definitely look like he's part Swede or even full Swede! How big are Swedes, compared to Rouens? Because he is the same size as a Rouen. It's funny that he has the black beak, because he is definitely a drake. My Rouen drake has a green beak, too.
     
  6. SilverPhoenix

    SilverPhoenix Bantam Fanatic

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    Quote:I'm thinking he's definitely got Swede in him, looking at everyone's photos. [​IMG] Hey, yeah, they do look similar! How big is your drake?
     
  7. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    He was my biggest drake - not including the Scovies. He was killed in a dog attack about a month ago. he was bigger than any of my other ducks and taller than my runner drake was. Iv never had a rouen or pekin so im not sure exactly who is bigger. He is a Magpie x Mallard I believe.
     
  8. froggie71

    froggie71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll also say Swede mix. We have a few of them 2, drakes and 1 female. They have the white bib, white on outer wing and green coming in on their head. Ours are mixed with fawn and white Indian Runner.
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  9. TK Poultry

    TK Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    Greencastle, Indiana
    i say my biggest drake jethro is about 5 or 6 lbs mayb seven they are classified as medium rouens are classified heavy so that's what makes me think mix
     
  10. vincedwadill

    vincedwadill Out Of The Brooder

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    I would say a swedish mix. Very handsome
     

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