Crested Miniature Ducks
The Crested Miniature Ducks are 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 Miniature Ducks ares mated to a crest-less duck, some of the offspring will have crests, so this is to be encouraged to avoid the lethal allele combination that causes dead embryos.
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. If using a crested female with a large crest watch as the drake uses this as to ‘ assist ‘ mating and she can get injured easily. The tuft of feathers on the head, which occasionally appears, having been recognized as a point of attraction, selected and bred for of the off spring many will be plain headed but carry the crested gene so a crested drake will turn any breed crested.
Eggs: 60 to 150 Eggs.
Weight: Drake: 2 lbs. Duck: 1.5 lbs.
Colors: White, Colored (markings must be symmetrical).
Useful to Know: The Crest or ‘top-knot’ is a mutation that causes a lethal allele combination causing 25% of embryos to die when Crested are pure bred.
Bantam Ducks are very good garden ducks. Much lighter in weight than the traditional egg-laying and table birds, the bantams can make very good pets. Tight sitters and fair layers, these smaller ducks will make less mess in the garden than Rouens or Indian Runners. If pets and looks are more important than performance, then bantams are a good choice. Bantam ducks are now given a separate category from Call Ducks at the shows since the Calls are so numerous, and now have several standard colors.