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!
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!
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.