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Can ducks and geese crossbreed???

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by RooptyDoo, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. RooptyDoo

    RooptyDoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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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? [​IMG]
     
  2. Interesting! Do you have an incubator?
     
  3. RooptyDoo

    RooptyDoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep sure do! [​IMG]
     
  4. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    and you have no ganders?
     
  5. RooptyDoo

    RooptyDoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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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?
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    Last edited: Jan 18, 2010
  6. Rainstorm

    Rainstorm Chillin' With My Peeps

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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! [​IMG] (once i get my geese of course this spring)
     
  7. 1lpoock

    1lpoock Spruce Creek Waterfowl

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

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    They are different species. There must be a gander somewhere.
     
  9. bubblebean11

    bubblebean11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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"
     
  10. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Overrun With Chickens

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    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,[​IMG]

    It should be genetically impossible,

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

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