I hate to even ask (mating question)

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ksj0225, Nov 12, 2010.

  1. ksj0225

    ksj0225 Out Of The Brooder

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    "If" we decide to let the male mallards and the female muscoveys free range together, um will they mate???

    Pretty sure that would be some strange babies, right?
     
  2. kylee2katie

    kylee2katie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they will mate - they are not particular who, where, when or who's watching!! If you allow babies to hatch, those babies will be mules - not able to reproduce....
     
  3. aduckstolemyheart

    aduckstolemyheart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Sorry to hijack thread but, that only happens if one parent is Muscovy right?? What causes that?
     
  4. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    Quote:Sorry to hijack thread but, that only happens if one parent is Muscovy right?? What causes that?

    Because Muscovy's did not decend from Mallards as the other breeds of duck did. I dont even know what they are, maybe not even 100% duck!
     
  5. greyhorsewoman

    greyhorsewoman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Muscovys are not from Mallard descent. They are a South American species, originating from Brazil. Sort of horses & donkeys. But they will interbreed in domestic situations.
     

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