Which runner pair to keep? Color? *PICS added*

jdywntr

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Okay so DH has decided that we HAVE to keep a pair of the runners. I will not hatch ducklings but figure I can see about selling hatching eggs (when they get to that point). Which colors should I keep? Opinions on what would sell best?



Not the best pic but so far:
Drakes- white/splash; chocolate (unrelated)
Hens- lite brown; charcoal gray
I think drakes- blue/white; black
I think hens- white/splash; black

The parents were drakes- black, F&W, chocolate. Hens-blue, black, F&W
My DH would like to keep the white but they look nearly identical and I think they are full blooded siblings so then I'd be inbreeding from the start.
 
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Oregon Blues

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Sorry, can't really see them. I like the head on the blue drake and there is a very nice head on a tall duck where I can't see the body at all.

I can't even tell in the photo whether it is black or brown (which means probably a gray hen). It's the tall one on the left, looking to the right.

The splash in front has a decent body, can't see the head.
 

jdywntr

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Okay, here are 2 more pics

Left to right: splash female, splash male, chocolate male, black, lite brown, blue/white male, black



L to R; charcoal female; black, lite brown, then the rest almost all lined up. they do not like to cooperate for pics.


I was leaning toward splash male and lite brown female.
 

fisharescary

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Well I guess I'd have to say keep the chocolate boy then, if he's unrelated and supposed to be show quality.
 

FenDruadin

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If you keep a black and a silver/splash, the offspring would all be blue, so that's something to consider. I would not keep the blue/white one--it is not a standard color and won't throw reliable colors. Not a problem if you don't care about selling, but you'll get a lower price for eggs if you can't guarantee color spectrum.

They're all pretty birds. Good luck with your decision!
 

Oregon Blues

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OK, the chocolate drake then, and the splash with the really good head (if that's a duck). It looks like it is taller? Maybe? It can be hard to tell in photos.

Really, you can only keep 2 of them?
 

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