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Only 2/3 of crested ducks that hatch actually have a crest and it can range from "skimpy" to full exhibition crest. The other 1/3 crested ducks WILL NOT express the crested gene. Thus, they will "resemble" swedish BUT CAN pass along the crested gene to their offspring. That is, if the genes line up so.
This is often why folks are SURPRISED when they have non-crested ducks, possibly even "non-crested grandparent ducks", that hatch out crested babies.
One can not expect all ducklings to have huge exhibition crests...they do not all hatch that way!
There is quite a variance in crest size and the huge crested ones, in our experience, often "throw" skimpy crested offspring and "skimpy" crested ducks often throw medium-huge exhibition crests. These are a few of the reasons that working with the genetic make-up of crested ducks are so much fun...one never knows what they're going to get from a mating or an egg.
Blue and White
Blue and Black
Good show quality crest on a light chocolate and a "skimpy" crest on a pied.
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