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Duck Mating

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by danlittleann, Apr 24, 2016.

  1. danlittleann

    danlittleann Out Of The Brooder

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    Will a Rouen Drake mate with an Indian Runner Hen? Do these two breeds ever cross breed with one another?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Yes, and yes as both are mallard derived breeds - any offspring will be fertile.
     
  3. danlittleann

    danlittleann Out Of The Brooder

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    Do you have any ideas, or pictures as to what the offspring would look like?
     
  4. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's a tall order. There are a number of dominant and recessive genes at play here, and with two different breeds, you're looking at a wide array of potential mixing.

    Some offspring may have the upright build of a runner, while others stay more horizontal like the Rouen. Then there's the matter of coloring. You make no mention of the subtype of Indian Runner but that's going to play a role too. You may also get some offspring that look exactly like mom or exactly like dad.

    TLDR: Genetics is fun!
     

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