A ? about muscovy mating with other breeds

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  1. cluckers&quackers

    cluckers&quackers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read that if a muscovy duck mates with a different breed that the offspring are not fertile.

    I hope I can make this make some sense, if eggs are not fertile before mating, then does that mean that only the male offspring would not be capable of reproducing? if a female offspring were to mate she will be able have fertilized eggs and hatch a clutch of her own or no?

    Thanks!![​IMG]
     
  2. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Muscovies crossed with any other duck--the resulting offspring are ALL like mules...meaning they are hybrids and cannot reproduce. So if you crossed a muscovy with a pekin, the resulting ducklings would themselves be unable to reproduce.
     
  3. cluckers&quackers

    cluckers&quackers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, thanks so much!![​IMG]

    Now this is going to sound REALLY stupid, but the offspring would still lay eggs right? So even though they couldn't be used for reproducing they could be used for eggs for the table. Can you tell muscovy ducks are relatively new to me?[​IMG][​IMG]
     
  4. Duck Keeper

    Duck Keeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, but you can't incubate their eggs and hatch anything out.

    You've got it! Don't feel silly, we've all been there. [​IMG]




    But I would think, in my own opinion, that such a heavy bird would eat more feed than eggs produced, that's why they use them for meat birds more than anything.

    Someone I know says the eggs from Muscovies are too oily or strong flavored to eat, but I wouldn't know. [​IMG]
     
  5. cluckers&quackers

    cluckers&quackers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know about the flavor of their eggs either, I have one pair of muscovies, I just got them early this summer, the female had just laid her 1st egg when I got her. After she was here awhile she started laying again and I left her eggs to see if she would sit, well sit she did, the only problem was she made this huge fluffy nest of hay and feathers and sat in the middle of it, problem was the eggs were all on the outer edges of the nest:( so she sat tight day in and day out, just not on the eggs!! So I have never actually eaten one.
     
  6. hikerchick

    hikerchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Scovies are laying machines and they scavenge quite well- I have seen them eating mice. The eggs are huge and taste great. A little rubbery for eggs over easy but otherwise, wonderful. Great for baking.
     
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  7. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Muscovies produce more eggs than any breed I know of--except maybe the khaki campbells. As for their meat--it's considered gourmet and is highly prized. It's not gamey and has a flavor comparable to beef in many ways. It goes for about $8/lb
     
  8. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    My little brother LOVES the muscovy eggs. he says they taste way better than any of the chicken eggs from our girls. and you use less to make bigger omelettes, lol.

    and store eggs, now that i have had homegrown chicken eggs, are just completely yucky, bland tasting. i dunno what makes the difference but the difference is BIG.
     

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