Is this true?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by 1duckychick, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. 1duckychick

    1duckychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    B/c it sounded a little weird to me.

    My husband swears he read somewhere that if two different breeds of ducks mate their offspring will not be able to reproduce. I think he's nuts. Who's right?
     
  2. 1lpoock

    1lpoock Spruce Creek Waterfowl

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    Both of you are right!....he's just not narrowing it down enough....really if any two domestic breeds mate, their offspring can reproduce.

    However, if a muscovy duck breeds with any other breed than muscovy, the offspring will be sterile and neither drake nor duck will be able to reproduce.
     
  3. 1duckychick

    1duckychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very interesting.

    Thank you!!
     
  4. Squirtchy2009

    Squirtchy2009 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I knew that the offspring would nto be able to reproduce but can the hen still lay eggs? [​IMG]
     
  5. cluckers&quackers

    cluckers&quackers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had to ask that very same thing:Dand was told that although they will not be fertile the hen can still lay eggs:)
     
  6. sred98

    sred98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Right, because it would be the same as if you just had females. They're going to lay eggs, anyway. [​IMG]

    Shelly
     
  7. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    You've got the same deal going as with mules, most domestic ducks are descended from the mallards, i believe, but the muscovies are different enough genetically to result in a sterile hybrid.
     
  8. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    That's exactly it Jen
     
  9. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Jen's right.

    The females can lay eggs they just won't develop when incubated.
     

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