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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 7:41 pm 
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Hi all,

These are my two beautiful Silver Appleyard Bantams who I intend to get a drake for and hopefully breed. I was hoping to ask which one is more the correct as they are both quite different as you can see. Both very unique even in personalities :). I have never shown a bird before so i'm a bit tentative to do so just to seek guidance in regards to my girls. Any help would be appreciated thank you


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 8:10 pm 
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I don't know a lot about ducks but the one on the right seems to be better coloured to me.
Someone will be along soon who knows more.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2015 7:15 pm 
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What nice ducks :) When I get the chance I'll have a look at the Standards and give you an opinion on their features. There are quite a few pics in the Gallery too - under Waterfowl you will find the breeds listed.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 6:52 pm 
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I think the one on the right. Both very nice ducks.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2015 4:01 pm 
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I think that both these ducks have their strong points. I think you should show them both.

The duck on the left has light wing coverts (the 'triangle' of feathers on the wing that can be seen in front of the speculum, which is the iridescent blue part). Light wing covers are desirable. However, her underbody and breast have some markings on them, when they should be creamy white.

The duck on the right has much darker wing coverts, which is not as good as the other duck. The top of her head may be a bit darker than is desirable. However, her underbody is lighter than the duck on the left, which is a strength. She has a darker line through the eye, which is a strength.

Type-wise they both look good to me.

So, as I said, definitely show them both, together in the same show, and make sure you go and talk to the judge afterwards to get his/her feedback on each duck and their relative merits.

Let us know how you go! :)

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2015 8:23 pm 
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Wonderful Rach, thank you very much for that information. You are a wealth of knowledge.
I have never shown my feathered friends before so this will be a challenge :) would it be best to attend my local poultry show instead of the local "annual" show? I'm concerned that ill be the only one in the show in my area


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2015 7:35 am 
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No worries :)

I'd go to any show that has a specialist waterfowl judge. That way you'll get the best feedback. The organisers of the show will publish the names of the judges - you can see who is down to do the waterfowl and then Google them to see if they regularly judge waterfowl. If they do, then go for it :) Local shows organised by regional poultry clubs usually would do their best to get a knowledgeable waterfowl judge. I've always found that they are very willing to give feedback and advice :)

Each year in May the NSW Waterfowl Assoc runs a waterfowl-only show, usually in Goulburn. I highly recommend going to this show, and putting your ducks in.

When you put your ducks in a show, you may need to supply your own containers for water and food - something that will hook over the cage bars. It is pretty easy to prepare a non-white duck for showing. If they have clean swimming water daily they'll bathe themselves and keep their feathers in good nick. Your birds look like they are in good condition so just keep up whatever you are doing. Once you're at the show you can oil their bills and legs with a bit of oil (I use a bit of olive oil on a finger). This just brings up the sheen and colour on the bill and legs. That's all I do.

Get them used to being in a cat carrier or whatever you'll transport them in to the show. To do this I put the cat carrier in their pen with thawed frozen peas in it (or whatever treat they like) and just let them investigate in their own time. If they are basically comfortable around people then they should cope fine with going to a show and spending the day in a show pen. Ducks usually adapt pretty well to it. I don't do any show pen training with my ducks.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2015 8:44 pm 
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Rach you are a wealth of knowledge thank you very much !! I would love to watch you prepare a duck for show... and as I am planning on breeding I would love to hear your knowledge regarding breeding and raising ducklings. I have attached a photo of two possible drakes and I would appreciate your view on them.
The one on the left looks taller/prouder and more the right colour to me but I would like a calm drake so he doesn't boss all of my girls around which I imagine is hard to tell until you bring them home. Thank you again :)


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