White/Barred Muscovy

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Harborotter, Jan 19, 2016.

  1. Harborotter

    Harborotter Songster

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    I was wondering if a white Muscovy can carry the barred factor? I realize that it would not be visible, but would it carry it and be able to pass it on to it's offspring?

    Thank you for any answers!!!!
     
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  2. learycow

    learycow Crowing

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    Certainly!
    Barred won't show on the outside unless the duck has 2 copies of it. So by breeding your white to a barred drake (any barred or one you know is a barred carrier) that will tell you if she carries the barred gene. If any offspring at all turn out barred, then shes definitely a carrier
     
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  3. Harborotter

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    That is what I assumed but I wanted to be sure so I would know when I crossed my white hen with a barred drake. Thank you so much for your reply!
     
  4. learycow

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    You're welcome! If you breed her to a barred drake and none of the offspring end up barred, then she's not a carrier but the babies will be
     
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  5. Harborotter

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    I doubt she is. I don't know what her parents were as she was given to me. But she is pretty and her babies will at least carry the barred factor. I got lucky and was given both hens.

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  6. learycow

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    Lovely!
     

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