Our new incubator babies being introduced to the real world!

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Crested incubator ducklings

Crested incubator ducklings

Crested incubator ducklings

Crested incubator ducklings

Our new incubator babies being introduced to the real world!

Our new incubator babies being introduced to the real world!  As an experiment my brother Bruce took thirteen fertile duck eggs from the farm and used his new incubator to hatch them.  10 beautiful ducklings emerged with the most amazing boufant hairstyles!

Incubator ducklings

Incubator ducklings

Incubator babies

Incubator babies

They’ve been reared far away in Flitwick, Bedfordshire.  This weekend they’ve arrived back at Martleaves Farm to meet their parents, who themselves originally hatched from fertile eggs bought on e bay!

Crested Appleyard hatched from fertile eggs bought on e bay 2015

Crested Appleyard hatched from fertile eggs bought on e bay 2015

We’ve now got 5 new broods of ducklings, around 30 new birds!

The Crested Miniature duck is a miniature version of the Crested duck. It has a very short history being a very modern breed, unlike the Crested which dates back to at least the 1600’s. The Crested Miniature was created in the late 1980’s in Britain using Crested ducks, Miniature Appleyards and Calls. Like other ducks with crests, this mutation causes a lethal allele combination when two crested ducks are mated together, causing on average 25% of the embryos to die in the shell. There are quite frequently other health problems in the young that hatch as well. From the offspring there will be some crest-less ducks too. If a Crested duck is mated to a crest-less duck, some of the offspring will have crests, so this is to be encouraged.

The crest is formed from a mass of fatty tissue that emerges through a gap in the cranium/ skull. From this, feathers grow. Crests vary from centrally placed, full crests, rather like powder puffs, to knobbly protuberances with just a few feathers; or the occasional earring when it has ‘slipped’. The crested gene can be bred into any breed except Muscovy as one parent crested will breed a percentage of crested offspring . Crested to crested seldom breed successfully but if they do will produce better stock.

2 Comments

  1. Lynda Duffy says:

    My adult daughter and I will be coming to Weymouth for 2 nights for a family wedding on the 1st of November 2017 and will require B&B for the 31/10/17 and 1/11/17.
    Would you please let us know of your availability for these dates ASAP
    The Swallows seems a lovely and ideal place for our stay.

    Many thanks,
    Mrs Lynda Duffy

    • Jane Smith says:

      Hello Lynda, apologies for the late response. We do have double rooms available at that time but our twin room has been booked already. We have a two bedroom self catering bungalow which costs £115 a night with 2 king size beds and a family room for £190 a night. Kind regards Jane

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