What's this beautiful duckling ?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Metz, Nov 22, 2019.

  1. Metz

    Metz Chirping

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    Definitely Mallard mum and pretty sure Mallard dad, two ducklings have usual female colours but anyone got any ideas about these two ?
    They are both pretty but one is stunning.
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  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Mary Did You Know....

    They are gorgeous! @Pyxis
     
  3. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchi Wan Kenobi

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    The top one looks like a snowy drake, which is definitely possible from two mallard parents as long as both are carrying the harlequin gene :)

    The bottom one is harder to say and I'd need more pictures. It looks like it has a throat ring, which would point to some kind of mallard-based color, but then it doesn't seem to have the mallard patterning in the rest of the feathers, so it's hard to say.
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Mary Did You Know....

    I love it when you pop up @Pyxis
     
  5. Metz

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    Showing my ignorance here but I'm fairly new to ducks, what's the harlequin gene ? If it is a snowy drake, is it likely to be fertile and if so, what will it produce ?
     
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  6. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchi Wan Kenobi

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    It's the recessive gene that causes that color :) The color is called 'snowy' in mallards. It's the same gene that gives welsh harlequins their colors, along with snowy Calls, etc etc.
     
  7. Metz

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    Thanks for the education
    If it is a snowy drake, are they a rare bird and are they fertile?
    Beautiful looking duck.
     
  8. Pyxis

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    I wouldn't say rare, but they are a bit uncommon :) Yes, they are fertile.
     
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  10. Miss Lydia

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    Beautiful Muscovy are these your ducks your pond?
     
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