Duck breed not breedable?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by SilkieCRZYness, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. SilkieCRZYness

    SilkieCRZYness Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a male muscovy and a female pekin and i incubated her eggs and they are hatching today [​IMG] these are my first hatched ducks, they are yellow with a black head, well two are so far. I asked about a month ago what these babies breed is called and someone replied just mutts and that they cannot reproduce? is that tru? y wouldnt they be able to no reproduce? which one is not sexual pure? thanks so much
     
  2. farmgirlie1031

    farmgirlie1031 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2008
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    The male muscovy and a female pekin produce offspring which are called mules. These offspring are sterile. I've heard people raise them for meat. It's like when a mule equine is created. Almost all mule equines are sterile also.
     
  3. SilkieCRZYness

    SilkieCRZYness Chillin' With My Peeps

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    will the females still lay eggs and if so can you eat them??? thanks
     
  4. farmgirlie1031

    farmgirlie1031 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2008
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    I just did a google search and found this info

    http://www.metzerfarms.com/mule.htm

    If you cross a Muscovy male with a Pekin female you will hatch moulards (or mule ducks); if you cross a Pekin male with a Muscovy female the progeny are called hinnies.

    Mules and hinnies cannot reproduce. Both males are sterile and only the hinny females lay eggs (though they cannot hatch). If you have Muscovy and Pekin together, the chances are poor that they will cross but if they do, a hinny will probably be the result as Pekin males can catch Muscovy females easier than Muscovy males can catch Pekin females.

    I hope that helps.​
     
  5. SilkieCRZYness

    SilkieCRZYness Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well i guess i have mule ducks. oh well they can still swim [​IMG] thats good enough for me. thanks again farmgirl
     
  6. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

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    Good for you. Love them no matter what [​IMG]
     
  7. WrenAli

    WrenAli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is an interesting piece of trivia. I wasn't thinking about getting either breed but it is good to know.

    I wonder in any of the chicken or goos breeds are like that.
     
  8. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The female offspring would still lay eggs, I imagine. They eggs just wouldn't be fertile.

    I could be wrong though.

    -Kim
     
  9. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I find this situation so interesting. It makes me wonder whether the Muscovy should be considered a "breed" of duck or a "species" of duck. Because technically any "breed" of duck crossed should produce fertile offspring. While two species can breed together, the offspring is considered a hybrid and infertile.

    So is the Muscovy a different "breed" or a different "species"?

    -Kim
     
  10. Sparrow

    Sparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Muscovies are a different species. Most of our other domestic ducks came from Mallard-type lineage. Muscovy ducks are their own separate species.
     

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