The Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos) is the wild duck from which all domestic ducks (apart from the Muscovy) have originated. They are good fliers and so are pinioned at birth to prevent them escaping and crossbreeding with the native Australian black duck.
koljash have long admired the beauty of the mallard in both its natural (wild colour) form and many colour mutations. The drake, boldly marked in his nupital plumage takes on the brown hues of the duck when in eclipse. The duck herself is beautifully marked in golden and chocolate browns.
The subtle differences of the blue fawn colour variant (one dose of blue) are quite spectacular and this very attractive form has joined the stud in 2013. koljash had already had success exhibiting blue fawn mallards in 2014.
ABOVE: 2013 season blue fawn Mallard duck showing off the subtle differences associated with one dose of blue.
We have improved our blue fawn line, first with a cross to a normal drake of M & K Holmes breeding, then those offspring to a normal drake from D Abbott in South Australia (pic top left). We are hoping for further improvement in 2014.
at LEFT 2014 Season normal Mallards, with a blue fawn in centre. These birds are still obtaining their adult plumage, and showing promise.
Drake : 1.14 - 1.36 kg (2.5 - 3 lb)
Duck: 900g - 1.13 kg (2 - 2.5 lb)
Our natural mallards tend to lay a cream/white egg, and the blue fawns a slightly green tinted egg.
At right: Elizabeth duck with 16-day-old ducklings and Mallard with 9-day-olds show the difference in size already.