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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ben is a terror, Jun 22, 2011.
Please explain what exactly is a mule. I have muscovys and a pekin
A 'mule' duck is a muscovy crossed with any mallard based breed. All domestic duck breeds excluding the muscovy are mallard based breeds. Breeding muscovies over pekins will give you mule ducks. These offspring will be sterile and most likely will not live over a year, but they make EXCELLENT meat birds. You get the meat and veal like flavor from the muscovy with some of the fat from the pekin, defiantly a great table bird. Hope that helps
Quote:From Metzer Farms website (http://www.metzerfarms.com/MuleDucks.cfm):
Muscovy and domestic ducks (such as the Pekin - which were developed from Mallards) are very different as they have been genetically isolated for over 50 million years. They can be crossed but you get some very interesting results. If you cross a Muscovy male with a Pekin female you will hatch moulards (or mule ducks); if you cross a Pekin male with a Muscovy female the progeny are called hinnies.
In Europe and in Asia many mule ducks are produced because of their large size, quality liver and reduced fat content in the carcass. Artificial insemination has been developed in ducks due to the desire to produce mule ducks. If left to mate naturally, the fertility is only 20-30%. Artificial insemination brings the fertility up to 80%. Whereas a Pekin takes 28 days to hatch and a Muscovy takes 35 days, a mule or hinny takes 32 days to hatch.
Approximately 60% of mule ducks are males. Some of their characteristics are like the Muscovy as they are large, quiet, slow moving and have long claws but are also like Pekin as they swim well, the males and females are much the same size and they do not fly.
Hinnies are not grown commercially. Males hinnies are much larger than female hinnies, like the muscovy, yet the females look like Pekins but fly quite well.
Mules and hinnies cannot reproduce. Both males are sterile and only the hinny females lay eggs (though they cannot hatch). If you have Muscovy and Pekin together, the chances are poor that they will cross but if they do, a hinny will probably be the result as Pekin males can catch Muscovy females easier than Muscovy males can catch Pekin females.
Farmgirl, Beatifully put. Thanks so much!!! I just learned something extra..so if I put my pekin females on the pond and my drake muscovy mixes with them, they will lay eggs right. I have a friend that mixed muscovy with runners and they lay like crazy but the eggs are all infertile.
They will lay eggs without a drake...the drakes don't change the rate of lay...just fertility.