Mallard X Indian Runners???

vagrantboy

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I have a Mallard Drake who has been "gettin it on" with my 2 Indian runner hens ( and some of my chicken hens as well)

my question is, will the eggs be fertile, and will the chicks be OK????

And also is this common?

I tried to search the forums here, but it is soooo busy I had a hard time finding answers.

thank you all so much

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J3172

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Almost all domestic ducks will breed together, you have a rouen drake, and yes he will produce fertile eggs with your girls, and yes domestic breeds mixing is very common.
 

Sweetfolly

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Apr 17, 2009
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EDIT: He is too big to be a Mallard - J3172's right, he's most likely a Rouen. My Mallard drakes are much smaller than my Runners, and your drake, vagrantboy, looks downright hefty, just like a Rouen.

Well, your Rouen/Runner eggs should be fertile, and, assuming that they're incubated correctly, they should be healthy, cute little birds!

Your drake isn't going to fertilize the chicken eggs though!
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vagrantboy

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well......shows ya how much i know....this whole time I thunked he was a mallard.

that's why I need you guys!

thank you for the 411 and advice.
 

sandspoultry

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Feb 10, 2008
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He is a big heavy boy and the runners are light weights. Becareful that he does not accidently kill them while mating with them.
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Neil Grassbaugh

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That grey drake does not qualify as either a Rouen or Mallard according to the APA Standard for the breeds.
 

roocrazy

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That grey drake does not qualify as either a Rouen or Mallard according to the APA Standard for the breeds.

Yea but if you get a hatchery quality leghorn its still a leghorn
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roocrazy

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Yea, even though he is not breeder quality hes still a rouen! Your babes will be cute!

BTW: im collecting eggs tomorrow so my bator isnt lonely!
 

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