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Can ducks and geese crossbreed???

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I was wondering if ducks can crossbreed with geese? I see my male runner duck on my female goose all the time and I cracked her egg open this morning and suprisingly it was fertile. I am confused maybe this can happen? Is there anyway a duck can fertilize geese? hu

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Interesting!  Do you have an incubator?

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Yep sure do! smile

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and you have no ganders?

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The one that we thought was the gander laid an egg today. The male runner duck was on her a couple of days ago and appeared to be doing his job well. When we broke her egg open today it was fertile. It had a very large bullseye. I have one other goose that I am not sure what it is but I do think it is also a female. Here is a pic of them. The 2 in front are 100% females. The one in the back is the one we are not sure about but we think she is a female. We never seen IT on the ladies but we have also never seen the male runner duck on IT either. They are almost a year old. Anybody got any thoughts? Am i gonna have GooDucks?
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/16879_goose_trio.jpg


Edited by RooptyDoo - 1/18/10 at 6:28pm
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I sure want to know to because i was planning on keeping my new buff geese with my welsh harlequin ducks and my gray pomeranian geese with my magpies to keep the breeds pure! barnie  (once i get my geese of course this spring)

post #7 of 45

I wouldn't think they can crossbreed as holderread has a pair of geese in each of his duck yards.

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Wood Ducks, Mandarins,  Ringed Teal, Marble Teal, & Cinnamon Teal
Fawn & White Runners, Welsh Harlequins, & White Sebastopols
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Spruce Creek Waterfowl
Wood Ducks, Mandarins,  Ringed Teal, Marble Teal, & Cinnamon Teal
Fawn & White Runners, Welsh Harlequins, & White Sebastopols
www.sprucecreekwaterfowl.webs.com
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post #8 of 45

They are different species.  There must be a gander somewhere.

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My african wont mate with the 2 girls we have, but he sure likes one of my cayugas!! I cracked up the day I saw them "together"

I love my birds.... Do they have a poultry patch?
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post #10 of 45

2 seperate famlies of birds, should not be possible, one of you geese is a gander. If by some freak of nature , it did get fertilized, chances are it wouldnt hatch. People keep ducks with geese all the time and I have never once in my life heard of a gosse duck,lol

It should be genetically impossible,

but then I have seen a guinea chicken on here too? And guinea peafowl

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