Embden Goose x Muscovy Drake mating

Discussion in 'Geese' started by charlindabob, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. charlindabob

    charlindabob Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just witnessed my white Muscovy drake mate with my Embden goose and it looked like a good mating to me. Anybody know if the goose eggs could be fertile and if so, what they might be called?

    I have read that many people think that the Muscovy is more related to a goose than a duck, but I don't know as that is way above my pay grade.
    I do know different ducks can be mated and you can get mules or hinnies and hybrids, but I have never heard of a Muscovy/Embden cross. Any ideas? Probably not possible, but what if?

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  2. flockman

    flockman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not possible. You can cross muscovy ducks with other domestic ducks.
     
  3. subhanalah

    subhanalah Overrun With Chickens

    I would be very interested to see if any fertile eggs come of it. Does a gander have access to her as well?
    A horse and a donkey can do it, why not scovy and goose?
     
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  4. charlindabob

    charlindabob Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, the goose has gander access, but I have had literally over a hundred Embden eggs that were not fertile, I believe he isn't mature enough just yet. He is three years old and a big guy from Holderread. My other Embden is sitting on a dozen eggs which I'd bet aren't fertile either. I have yet to see him show any interest in breeding.
     
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  5. subhanalah

    subhanalah Overrun With Chickens

    Well, this very well could be quite the experiment then! I hope she's layng for you right now!
     
  6. livininbrazil

    livininbrazil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi charlindabob, sounds very odd that your goose would choose to mate a drake rather than a gander. Also, a gander is fertile from a young age. Before a year old he´ll do a good job. At 3 years, he should be in his prime. It seems there´s something amiss with your gander.
    I´ve never heard of a muscovy x goose.
    Probably it would be best to get another gander? Plenty of omelettes, though!!!! [​IMG]
     
  7. charlindabob

    charlindabob Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The goose didn't really choose the Muscovy drake, she is a new goose and when I put her in with the Muscovies, he took her. My pair of Embdens that I've had awhile have shunned this new goose addition so I put her with the ducks since they have a large fenced area while the Embden pair run free.

    My Embden gander is almost 4 years old and I have never witnessed him mating. He came from Holderread's and is a big boy and I have read that they may not reach sexual maturity until 4 years old. Am I misinformed on the age requirements?
     
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  8. livininbrazil

    livininbrazil Chillin' With My Peeps

    The first bit makes sense. Poor little goose. Geese do tend to like being in a pair, and the extra goose can get pushed out and sad. Could you not get a gander for her?
    Also, as for the maturity thing...4 years?! Maybe you read about full weight maturity, rather than sexual maturity? I´m only guessing. Having said that, I don´t have Embden, so you could check it out on the Embden thread?
     

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