- Jul 12, 2009
So I was sent some pics of the bird... Its a hen wood duck, just a late bloomer. Sorry!
yes I fully agree.
I've heard some argue that it's possible, BUT have yet to ever see a hard proof evidence of any mandarin hybrid to any other species of duck. I have had mandarins in with virtually every species available in the US for years when I kept them all, never once had a successful cross. Yes they are the only two in their same genus, the wood ducks and mandarins that is. Wood ducks can and do hybridize with a lot of species, but as said, never once seen or heard of a mandarin being able to do it. Chromosome or not, it just doesnt happen.
Those 2 species are the two most commonly kept around the world and all are in the same pens seems like. So if it were possible, we'd have tons of them by now...that's just my thoughts on the subject. They've been given every possible chance to make it happen with no results
so you'll be just fine with them
Thanks for your reply. I was worried I wouldn't be able to have both. They are in the same genus aren't they? I am not good with genetics so this is a learning experience for me. Kramer
I and wondering the same thing as I have wood ducks and Mandarin ducksMandarin ducks have a extra chromosome, I have two pr of mandarins, and two pair of wood ducks in the same pen, with no problems.