White Patches on Ducks with Extended Black Genes

Black, Chocolate and Blue ducks – with white patches?

White Patches on Ducks with Extended Black Genes are commonly seen as they age. Pure Black, Chocolate or Blue coloured ducks will start off as the correct colour during their first year of life however, they will normally get white patches of down appearing that gradually get worse as they age.

Runner Duck With White Patches

In the female duck, white patches are normal with age. No amount of breeding selection will remove this. After the first year, some small patches of white will start to appear and this will gradually get worse as they age until they are almost totally white. This happens with black / chocolate and blue ducks in other words all ducks that have the extended black genes. No amount of selection in breeding can stop this from happening.

White patches on drakes feathers

It is rare but drakes can also turn white after their first year, they should not be used for breeding if they do since it is actually classed as a fault.The Chocolate Indian Runner Duck pictured  below on the left was pure chocolate until his first winter when he developed white patches and had to be removed from a breeding program.They still make fantastic pets and very useful bug exterminators even with white patches though!

Runner Duck with White Patches The Chocolate Indian Runner Drake is 1-year-old, The Black Indian Runner Duck shown at the top of this article is in her second year. Both were pure black in colour during their first year.

Related Posts:

On this page:

You might also enjoy:

Mini Eggs

Mini eggs are about quarter of the size of a normal egg. They usually don’t have a yolk inside, just

RCOM SURO Incubator

RCOM Suro Incubator Review

My review of the RCOM King Suro 20 Incubator, which compares features for the price with other incubators in this category.

Beginners Guide to Keeping Guinea Fowl

Beginners Guide to Keeping Guinea Fowl

Charming, fascinating birds – or noisy and disruptive? Guinea fowl often generate mixed emotions. There are a few notable differences to other poultry, so this beginners guide to keeping guinea fowl should help you get started.

Not Just For Christmas Book Review

Not Just For Christmas Book Review

It wasn’t until last year that I picked up the name of Janice Houghton-Wallace (founder of the UK Turkey Club incidentally) whilst reading an article she had written and I wondered whether I should investigate further to see whether she had any books published on keeping Turkeys. Well, I wasn’t disappointed, she had a book called ‘Not Just For Christmas’ which has now been added to my ever-growing collection of poultry books.

Feeding Chicks

Feeding Chicks

Feeding chicks when there is no broody hen to take care of them and what you can feed in an emergency if you run out of chick crumbs.