Chicken + Duck = ???

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Sunny Side Up, Dec 9, 2009.

  1. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    A few days ago I saw one of my young roosters mating with a duck hen. It surprised me to see that, but when I posted about it in another thread there were other folks who mentioned they also had this type of pairing at their places. One person even said she had a duck that was "married" to a rooster, and once the duck laid eggs & incubated them for a while, but then abandoned the nest. She said there were malformed chicks inside those eggs but couldn't tell if they looked more like chickens or ducks or a cross of both.

    But I did an online search & found nothing on a chicken/duck hybrid. There was more than one place where folks thought they were seeing such a cross only to learn it was a muscovy duck they had seen. (I would have guessed duck/alien cross) I also found several links to recipes cooking the two birds together.

    So I'm asking the experts here: is a chicken/duck hybrid possible? Are they called Chucks or Dickens?

    And also, can a drake injure a chicken hen if he tries to mate with her? Would his penetrating parts cause injury to her vent?

    RAREROO Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 22, 2009
    Alapaha, Ga
    I have heard of ChickensXGuineas, Chickens X Pheasants, Guineas X Peafowl, but the fertility rate was exstreamly low and the one or two that did hatch, usually die soon after.

    But I would imagine that a Chuck or a Dicken would be impossible, I use to have a roo that tried to breed my Pekin duck hen, never tried to hatch the eggs though b/c I only had one duck. But I just could never see that happening, two completly different animals.

    Feathersite has a page on Hybrids.
  3. roocrazy

    roocrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2009
    not gonna happen [​IMG]
  4. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

    Oct 14, 2008
    Thomson, GA
  5. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona

    Okay, but WHY? There are a lot of other hybrids out there--why is chickenXduck not possible?
  6. roocrazy

    roocrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2009
    dunno to far away dna (its like a deer with a pig it just cant happen)
    a horse and donkey can mix because their both in the equine familly
    and a chicken and a duck cant because their two different familys [​IMG]
  7. Spore

    Spore Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 5, 2009
    DNA incompatible for fertilization. It would take a lesson in biology and genetics to fully explain why. The sperm and egg could not unite to form a single cell because of genetic differences.
  8. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    They are different species family for one thing...that takes major DNA twisting and so forth. I do not think an embryo would survive to hatch.
  9. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

    Apr 19, 2009
    Fall Creek Falls TN
    Quote:Right [​IMG]

    Duck breeds cross with eachother all the time- I think mallards have been known to have offspring with 80 (or more)different breeds. Maybe ducks "could" cross with geese, but in nature the situation probably doesn't arise very often.

    As for cooking- you might be thinking of Turducken (chicken & duck stuffed inside a turkey). We got one from New Orleans one year- interesting, but I didn't like the stuffing they put between them. It was all spicey celery-bleh.
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2009
  10. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

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