Can you mix breed and still get eggs?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by fuzzy8, Mar 21, 2016.

  1. fuzzy8

    fuzzy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I got 4 ducks of all different breeds would I still be able to get eggs? Or would I be better off with all 4 the same or 2 of two different breeds to be able to get eggs?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    If the ducks are all mallard derived breeds, any female offspring will lay eggs that may be viable. Any Muscovy X mallard derived crosses may not lay eggs, and if one does lay eggs, they will not be viable.
     
  3. fuzzy8

    fuzzy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm kinda new to this. Any way to can explain it to me in a different way? Or more simple [​IMG]
     
  4. buff goose guy

    buff goose guy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you got ducks you should be able to know if they are mallard derived or not

    Sourland put it as simple as it could be explained
     
  5. fuzzy8

    fuzzy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What I ment is b4 I go down and order my ducks from the local feed mill. If I were to order 4 ducks, all of a different breed would I still have a possibility for them to have to produce eggs even if they are different?
     
  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    You can cross breed any breed of duck, other than Muscovy. They are a different species completely and are not genetically compatible with other domesticated ducks.
     
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  7. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Edited to add

    Muscovies can cross breed, but the offspring will be 'mules', incapable of reproduction.

    Every other breed/cross will produce birds that are capable of normal reproduction.
     
  8. fuzzy8

    fuzzy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thank you now I understand. I want to get a Pepin, a rouen, a kaki, and a Indian runner. But now today the wife said she want to get eggs from them to bake with so now I was just trying to figure out if I could still stick with the same 4 I intended on getting or if I had to do something different
     
  9. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Khaki Campbells are the best laying breed, as far as ducks go. They can even out produce chickens.
     
  10. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Also, just like chickens, females will lay eggs, regardless of having a drake around or not.
     

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