How to identify a mule duck?

Rotarhead

Hatching
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Aug 17, 2014
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Hello,

My Muscovy finally hatched out her eggs on the 5th. She had 14 ducklings, two have which died (one was smooshed and the other was real weak), and 1 egg didn't hatch. Originally she was laying on 3 eggs and I ended up adding to her nest because my Khaki Campbell decided it wasn't as fun as she thought it would be to lay on her eggs. She laid on them for a few days and lost interest. Based off of what I can tell it looks like I have 2 Muscovy ducklings and the other 10 are the Khaki Campbell. I'm not worried about the Muscovy ducklings being mule's as the two Khaki drakes I have don't mess with my Muscovy's. However, it is possible that my Muscovy drake may have messed with the Khaki hen. I did not see this happen and anytime I see them they all stick with their own kind but I know it's still a possibility. Is there a way to tell by looking at the ducklings if they are crossed or not and therefore mule ducks? I'm looking at selling most if not all the Khaki ducklings but don't want to call them pure if they aren't. In other words, I don't want to sell somebody a duck that they think they can breed and it end up being sterile. Any help and advice is appreciated. I'll provide pictures in hopes it may help. Thank you!

Mom and baby's. She is an awesome mother. Day old...after being moved into a separate pen.

I'm thinking this one is a Muscovy but will be white (though it's parent's aren't). Day old.

I'm assuming this one is a Muscovy. Day old.

There are 10 total that resemble the Khaki Campbell ducklings. Day old.

Just hours old...

The boys. My Muscovy drake and 2 Khaki Campbell drake's.

The Khaki hen before she stopped incubating the eggs.
 

learycow

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You'll be able to tell for sure once they get older. Mule ducks always look part muscovy part something else and don't usually have the same stance as a muscovy or the heavy caruncling.

These are some muscovy (father) welsh harlequin crosses (mother) I hatched

 

Rotarhead

Hatching
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Aug 17, 2014
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So is it best to list them as possible Mule's to be safe? I'm going to sell 8 of them. I already have a dozen ducks so don't need all of them.
 

holm25

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So is it best to list them as possible Mule's to be safe? I'm going to sell 8 of them. I already have a dozen ducks so don't need all of them.

Id just list them as ducks... And in the artical say they might be 'mule' ducks. If I were u I would let mom raise her babies till she chases them away and weans them. I dont know of that was your plan or not but its a little cruel to take babies from mom
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Rotarhead

Hatching
5 Years
Aug 17, 2014
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No, I was going to sell 8 now that they are a week old and let her keep 4. Going to keep the 2 Muscovy and keep 2 of the Khaki's in case the two I bought this year turn out to be male. I have her in her own pen right now with all the ducklings and away from all the other ducks. I'm trying to keep her as stress free a possible. I know it will be stressful to remove the ducklings but hoping that leaving 4 will help.
 

Jase 2020

In the Brooder
Jun 19, 2020
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You'll be able to tell for sure once they get older. Mule ducks always look part muscovy part something else and don't usually have the same stance as a muscovy or the heavy caruncling.

These are some muscovy (father) welsh harlequin crosses (mother) I hatched

 

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21hens-incharge

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These are my ducks can anyone tell me what they are please

:welcome And ducks.

This thread is 5 years old. It would probably be best to start a new thread so more people will see your pretty birds.

To start a new thread in the duck area click this.....

https://www.backyardchickens.com/forums/ducks.42/

Toward the top right there is a button that says "post new thread". It is easy from there.
 

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