Wild Mallards+Pekin=????.....

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by xxalykxx, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. xxalykxx

    xxalykxx Out Of The Brooder

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    I visited all the bunches of babies at a canal near my house today. One of the mommy mallards was a light tan color with darker mallard markings. (like a snowy mallard) All of her babies were normal tho. A little down a ways there was a normal mum with some white chicks. Did they mix up their babies or something.... i was thinking it could be this "wild" pekin i used to see at the canal, his mate died last year I haven't seen the pekin recently, what do you think happened?

    1. The light mum had ducklings or eggs that got switched with the mallard
    2. Pekin bred with mallard- those are her chicks
    3. The mallard is a 1st generation half pekin, her chicks show her pekin side
    4. Some weird gene causing albinsm or less color


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    And pekins can breed with mallards right?
    Aren't mallards the ultimate parents of almost all breeds of duck?

    The light colored mallard looked like this-
    http://www.webfootspecialty.com/files/snowy_mallard_duck_lg.jpg
     
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2009
  2. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    Columbus,IN
    Dont know but would like too..
     
  3. ShadyGlade

    ShadyGlade Chillin' With My Peeps

    White is usually a dominant gene so those duckings likely had a white papa. I doubt that wild birds mixed their eggs. The lighter female probably carries a dilute gene to lighten her color. There is a wonderful chapter on the genitics of color in Storey's Guide to raising Duck's by Dave Holderead.
     
  4. virginbred

    virginbred Out Of The Brooder

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    i have a female mallard who bred with a male pekin...here is a pic of her brood...goose thrown in for good measure...

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  5. xxalykxx

    xxalykxx Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone!
    Lol




    I was just curious!!!!
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