Chicken/duck Hybrid?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Tewinkle, Jun 18, 2019.

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  1. Tewinkle

    Tewinkle Hatching

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    I’m a curious bystander who doesn’t know much about chickens or ducks but this piqued my curiosity. I was walking around a lake a couple months ago and saw a lone white female chicken with red comb among lots of different kinds of ducks including plain white ones. Not aware of any chicken farms nearby so I figured it was lost. Then this month, I saw this creature that had characteristics of both the hen and white ducks. But it doesn’t swim with the other ducks. How rare is this? I thought hens and ducks were physically incompatible. I haven’t seen the hen in awhile. Is this thing dangerous at all to the other ducks? Should I report it to animal control?
     

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  2. danceswithronin

    danceswithronin Crowing

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    It's not a chicken, it's a Muscovy duck. The red warts on the face are normal, just part of the breed.
     
  3. The_BirdNerd

    The_BirdNerd Chirping

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    It appears to be a Muscovy duck, and it shouldn’t be dangerous whatsoever, unless you get too close to it’s eggs! And even if it doesn’t swim when you watch it, it is likely that it swims at different times. I don’t know if Muscovy’s are meant to wild or domestic but it could’ve escaped it’s home and is living just fine with the flock of other ducks
     
  4. BigBlueHen53

    BigBlueHen53 Songster

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    Looks like a duck to me. I see duck feet. What about it looks like a chicken to you? Google Muscovy duck.
     
  5. chkncrazy

    chkncrazy Chirping

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    Def a muscovy duck, and healthy at that. You can relax it is not a freak hybrid. Glad you came to us first
     
  6. The Moonshiner

    The Moonshiner Professional Chicken Tender

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    Were there any white turkeys hanging around those ducks?
     
  7. Tewinkle

    Tewinkle Hatching

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    No turkeys that I’ve seen. Thanks for the quick feedback everyone. I guess I was curious because I recently saw a lone chicken with similar coloring (all white with red on the head) and I’ve never seen a Muscovy duck in Southern California in all my 36 years here. So it was the coloring, the long claws and the way it moves it’s head and neck that seemed more chicken like. Haha. Oh well. Glad I can just enjoy without concern. Thanks again!
     
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  8. casportpony

    casportpony Enlightened

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  9. casportpony

    casportpony Enlightened

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    Someone probably dumped him off there. :(
     
  10. Ra_

    Ra_ Crowing

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    I once had a Muscovy duckling drown.
    There was about 20 of them.
    He must have gotten trampled.
     

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