duck hybrids sterile?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by duckface, May 12, 2010.

  1. duckface

    duckface Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My daughter brought a library book home the other day and it was about the care and keeping of ducks. Of course, I started reading it and there was a breeding section that said ducks of different species that mate will produce offspring that are sterile. Having experience with horses I know that mules (cross between horse and donkey) are sterile, but I didn't realize there were different species of ducks. I thought there were just different breeds. Does this mean my pekin/mallard cross ducklings will be sterile? I don't mean to sound like a dunce, but could someone explain? [​IMG]
     
  2. OmaBird

    OmaBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. duckface

    duckface Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ah, thank you, Omabird! So it's just the muscovies that are of a different species? All other domestic ducks are derived from mallards...very interesting!
     

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