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Mule ducks for sale?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by sjshaw1980, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. sjshaw1980

    sjshaw1980 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey does anyone know a reliable source for mule ducks other than breeding your own? I am looking for at least 3 chicks. Thanks!
     
  2. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why do you want mules?
     
  3. sjshaw1980

    sjshaw1980 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Meat of course. Good sized ducks that yield a nice carcass but don't have the fat of a pekin.
     
  4. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is no standard for mule ducks. They are sometimes raised commercially but as they are sterile, someone would need to keep purebred flocks and then mix the breeds to create hybrids.

    Mules are muscovy crossed with any, usually large breed, mallard derived breed. 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. Hinnies will have differing sizes in the genders, moulards will have similar sized male/female. It is said that these crosses have very low fertility rates and in Europe, they use artificial insemination to increase fertility %.

    You can raise any large breed duck for meat. Pekin, properly raised, are not overly fatty. But they will take a little longer to grow to size with exercise and a limited diet.
     
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  5. duckluck

    duckluck Dulcimyrh Ducks

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    Interesting!
     
  6. reighnysmom

    reighnysmom Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm also interested in finding Moulard ducklings for sale. They have a different flavor profile from a Pekin and a Muscovy. Maigret is technically only from Moulard ducks and it is in a class by itself. Anyone know of a breeder? I've spoken with a couple of places that raise them to sell already processed, but of course none of them want to sell the ducklings. Help?
     
  7. Trexroo

    Trexroo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    im looking into breeding mule ducks myself. at this point me and the scovy drake are both a little concerned about the process required.
     

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