Mixed Breed and Mule Ducklings

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  1. PittyLova

    PittyLova Songster

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    Hi all,

    I have a bunch of duck eggs in my incubator right now. Most will be mixed breed with khaki, pekin, and Rouen. I've looked up how what most of the crosses that we will come up with will look like as hatchlings. But my question is, is it possible to tell any mule ducklings from the others at hatch? Are there any specific signs to look for?

    Here is what I've gathered during my searches:

    Rouen x Khaki - Looks very similar to a rouen
    Rouen x Pekin - Looks like Rouen duckling with more yellow fuzz/broken solid patches
    Khaki x Pekin - Black with white bibs

    I have 2 Muscovy drakes (1 black and 1 chocolate). I have seen them mate with the other ducks so I have no idea what's in the incubator. I have somebody wanting to buy most of the ducklings that hatch, but want to keep any mules and the 'scovies for myself.
     
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  2. BullChick

    BullChick Enslaved by a Duckling

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    A Pekin has a yellow bill. A mule has a pink. That is as much as I can help.
     
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  3. WannaBeHillBilly

    WannaBeHillBilly Crossing the Road

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    A bit off-topic question: Will mule female ducks lay eggs?
     
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  4. PittyLova

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    From what I hear some do. It depends on if the male is the Muscovy or duck from what I hear. I don't remember which way is which as we just want them for meat.
     
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  5. BullChick

    BullChick Enslaved by a Duckling

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    Yes, they still lay. It’s actually now debatable if a double mule can actually have fertile eggs.

    I have a Pekin over my Muscovy. Her babies are called Hinneys. Still supposed to be infertile, but I have a heck of a time keeping her babies alive. Just coincidence, not anything seriously wrong. It just means I have not checked fertility of the grand babies.
     
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  6. WannaBeHillBilly

    WannaBeHillBilly Crossing the Road

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  7. BullChick

    BullChick Enslaved by a Duckling

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    Hinnies (Pekin over Muscovy)
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  8. PittyLova

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    Our babies have begun hatching! Two are out of the eggs and dried, 2 are almost out, with a few more pipped.

    The possibilities I have are as follows:

    Purebred khaki
    Rouen x khaki
    Rouen x pekin
    Khaki x pekin
    Black muscovy Mule
    Chocolate muscovy Mule (unlikely)

    One baby is a khaki that has hatched fully.
    When this one hatched I thought this one was a khaki x pekin (my understanding is rouen crosses look mostly rouen). However I'm wondering if this one is actually a mule as it seems more blue now that it dried and fluffed. What do you think? I want to keep any mules and rehome the other babies.

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