Cross species / would they hatch?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Puff of Fluff, Dec 7, 2008.

  1. Puff of Fluff

    Puff of Fluff Chillin' With My Peeps

    Would eggs from hens bred by a Chinese gander hatch? If so at what setting and humidity would I use to incubate, for a chicken? or for the water fowl?
     
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I highly doubt they would be fertile. Get that gander a goose girlfriend so he will leave your hens alone! [​IMG]
     
  3. dancingbear

    dancingbear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens and guineas can cross, but like other cross-species matches, such as mules, (horse dam, donkey sire) the offspring will be sterile.

    I doubt a goose and a chicken could cross, though, I don't think they're closely enough related for cross fertility. Geese are awfully big to mate a hen, too, the hen could be injured.

    Please get him a lady goose!
     
  4. Puff of Fluff

    Puff of Fluff Chillin' With My Peeps

    That is what I thought, but wanted to check. He and his brother each had two lovely ladies each, last late spring, until a very large skunk took the ladies out for dinner over a weekend. It was too late in the season to get more goslings to go with the fellas and I have not been able to find anyone willing to give up their fair ladies. So we are trying to hang in there until spring for new stock. My rooster is not a happy camper about it either.
     
  5. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

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    check feathersite... hybrids, theres a link in there that has turkey chickens, guinea chickens, peacock guineas, and PEACOCK CHICKENS.. no idea if a duck/chicken or goose chicken will hatch... just got to try it i guess

    -Daniel

    here ya go - http://www.messybeast.com/genetics/hybrid-birds.htm
     
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