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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2015 9:13 pm 
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Today I had a little Call duckling hatch that is a mutant! He's so ugly that he's cute. He's the original Ugly Duckling.
He has very few to no head and neck feathers. He looks like a little vulture. Or a Transylvanian naked neck version of duck.
Apart from having a poor head/neck covering he is a weird colour. His siblings are all apricot or white or apricot carrying dusky gene.
There was a possibility of me getting some blue fawn ducklings, but he looks nothing like any blue fawns that I've hatched. He doesn't have those distinctive 4 dots on his back. But he's an overall light grey colour.

I haven't got any pics of him, but I was just wondering if anyone has ever hatched similar ducklings in the past?
And if so, how did they look when they grew out and if they survived to maturity?

He seems healthy at this stage. Just weird looking!
I'll try to have a photo shoot with him tomorrow.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2015 9:50 pm 
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We need a picture! It wont help me answer your question, but I want to see him! :biggrin:

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2015 11:38 pm 
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NellyG wrote:
We need a picture! It wont help me answer your question, but I want to see him! :biggrin:


I second that ! How cool would a Naked Neck Call Duck be? :duck2


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2015 8:37 am 
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Interesting!! He may still grow normal feathers.

Looking forward to the pics!

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2015 6:28 pm 
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Ok, I have put pics up, but can I point you all to the BYP facebook page, that's where you'll find them.
The only reason I have stopped using this forum as often is because I find photo sharing such a task for non tech people like me. I just got sick of resizing photos and now that I've got a new laptop I don't have the easy program I was using for resizing on this one.
I do prefer this easy use forum format though over the facebook one. It's hard to find what you were looking at days ago, but you can upload as many pics as you want!! Duckling overload.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2015 9:38 pm 
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Can we have a link please?

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:18 pm 
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https://www.facebook.com/groups/backyar ... up_comment
I think that should get you there.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:54 pm 
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Thanks for the link Symbungee.

I am wondering whether the cause of the naked neck and head is genetic or environmental.

Can you please give some details about incubation such as type of incubator and whether there was anything unusual about the incubation process such as power interruptions?

Hopefully someone can give an idea of what colour genetics may be involved.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2015 2:36 pm 
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The eggs were hatched naturally under their mum. There was one night during the incubation period when I quoll scared mum duck off the nest and she flew over the fence and was off her eggs for about 4 hours from 3 am until 7 (roughly). That was in the final week of incubation.

The hatching of the ducklings was about 48 hours duration from the first to the last.

9 eggs hatched, 5 didn't. 4 died in the eggs (I didn't crack the eggs and check at what stages of development they died) and 1 was infertile.
Igors 8 siblings are all normal. This same mother duck hatched 3 ducklings last year (I only allowed her 5 eggs) and those 3 ducklings were all normal.

Mum had been fed a mix of high energy layer pellets and wheat before now. Now she's having turkey starter with the kids.

Hope that helps.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2015 9:25 pm 
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I'd say blue dusky. So he might turn out like a blue Dark Campbell (colour and pattern wise that is). Although he has patches of missing down he may still grow proper feathers in those spots. Guess we'll find out in about a month when the proper feathers start to appear. His state is just a genetic glitch I'd guess. Nothing to do with the incubation conditions.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2015 9:52 pm 
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Thanks for the link - he looks so sweet (as they all do!)

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2015 10:40 pm 
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Aww, I can't see it, I don't have a FB account. :-( :duck2


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2015 10:53 pm 
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Me either


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2015 12:21 pm 
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70%cocoa wrote:
His state is just a genetic glitch I'd guess. Nothing to do with the incubation conditions.


Yes probably seeing that it was naturally incubated.
I was wondering whether there had been an overheating event in late stage artificial incubation.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2015 2:49 pm 
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I've added an update with pics at this link on facebook
https://www.facebook.com/groups/backyar ... up_comment

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