Ringed Teal



                                                           Mandarins are native to Eastern Asia. They are one of the most popular of the ornamental ducks not only for their beautiful colors, but they are very hardy and adjust to a large variety of avairies. They do well in both large and small pens. They prefer an elevated nest box and lay a clutch of 8-10 eggs which they incubate for about 29 days. If Mandarins are kept with multiple pairs or with other cavity nesting ducks plenty of nest boxes should be provided as they will drop eggs in other birds nests and will try to pull other birds off nests resulting in broken eggs. With that being said if proper care is taken they do well in mixed collections.








Color Mutations:


 There are several color mutations in wood ducks and mandarins, these mutations have occurred due to excessive inbreeding in the birds. I do not claim to be an expert on this subject, with that being said, this is what I have learned. In breeding the color mutations in Wood ducks and Mandarins one must keep in mind how the genetics work. If you breed a pair of White Mandarins you will produce White offspring, but if you breed a regular with a white you will produce white hens, regular hens, and "split" drakes. A "split" is a bird that carries both color genes. The hens can only carry one gene thus resulting in either regular or white while the drakes can carry both genes. We keep all of our mutations in breeding pens separate from our normal colored birds as to keep the genes separate. I feel there are too many people mixing these genes and keeping track of them that will not be good for the "normal" color birds held in captivity. These are beautiful birds and I feel we should, by all means, keep breeding them but just take care in preserving the normal colors.

We have been breeding a color mutation in the American Widgeon, it is a blonde mutation that has been photographed in wild birds. It is a very interesting mutation you can see on our dabbling duck page.

                                                     Ringed Teal are native to Central South America. Although it is native to tropical climates they do well even in colder climates. Like so many other tropical ducks, the problem of wintering is not so much the cold as it is the crippling effects of frost bite. Winter shelters are recommended in freezing weather and open water is a must. Ringed Teal display an enormous perching ability and will perch on about anything. They like elevated nest boxes and lay large clutches with 8-10 eggs which they incubate for about 26 days. They acquire adult plumage the first year. Ringed teal do well in a mixed collection. 








 Wood ducks are native to North America. They are probably one the most colorful ducks of North America and like the Mandarins are one of the most popular ornamental ducks.  Wood ducks, like Mandarin ducks, are easy to breed and will adjust to most types of pens. Wood ducks will hybridize with almost any species of waterfowl, so care should be taken to keep only well mated pairs in mixed collections. They prefer an elevated nestbox in which they lay a clutch of 9-11 eggs that are incubated for about 30 days.







                                             Apricot Woodduck

                                    White Mandarin

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