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Mule Ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by spectrumranch, Nov 13, 2010.

  1. spectrumranch

    spectrumranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Anybody else with Mule duck photos?

    MULE DUCKS:

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    We raised about 20 mule ducks this year, Rouen drakes on lilac muscovy hens. Most are Black with greenish/purplish heads and backs. Very beautiful, just can't get a good photo.

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    A bunch are blue with different irredescent sheen.

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    I like this one, can't get a good photo, but he looks like he has fish scales.
     
  2. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    Love your hinnies. What do you do with them? They are infertile so of no breeding use.
     
  3. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, they're gorgeous. Makes me want to breed some, lol! Do they still lay eggs? They're very cool.
     
  4. swheat

    swheat The Bantam Barn

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    My Coop
    Beautiful Mules ! I also [​IMG] your Barnacle geese in the background of the 1st pic.
     
  5. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I have one, too, but I'm not sure. This duck is the last of any mules we may have had at this lake. He quacks and gets a green head every year just like the other mallards, but he doesn't do any breeding at all, not even a flirt. During the molt, he turns totally black.

    He's very, very old, too, just like his daddy.

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    I thought he might be a blackish mallard-hybrid, instead, but now that I see yours, I'm convinced this is a mule.
     
  6. spectrumranch

    spectrumranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:We usually raise some each year to butcher. I may have to keep a few for the color.

    Wow, they're gorgeous. Makes me want to breed some, lol! Do they still lay eggs? They're very cool.

    Because we butcher them I have not kept any hens over for the following year, but they should still lay eggs.​
     
  7. spectrumranch

    spectrumranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I am not sure if he is a mule. Because of a couple things, I don't remember any of our mule drakes getting "drake curl feathers" or the olive greenish bill. They usually have a more muscovy looking bill.
     
  8. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, it's possible that he might be part Cayuga, but it's hard to tell. He never breeds, though, which is strange. Doesn't even seem to care about the girls. Or, maybe that's what he wants everyone to think. [​IMG] He's been around for ages and there is one black muscovy duck there, too, who used to breed but doesn't anymore. Maybe they're both not breeding anymore because of their ages.
     
  9. Omniskies

    Omniskies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would really, really, really like to know how well they lay. I would love to have a flock of Khaki x Muscovy crosses if they're going to look that lovely. Who cares about fertility? I'll just cope with beautiful birds and lots of lovely eggs (and tasty males).

    Does anyone know how well they lay? If they are seasonal layers or if they lay year round?
     
  10. gofasterstripe

    gofasterstripe Chillin' With My Peeps

    OOh, thats a nice looking duck with the fish scales [​IMG]
    I like the colors you get with the Skovie ducks but I dont like the red thing that grows on their faces. Do mules grown the crunckle or what ever its called. Oh, and a silly question, why didnt your drakes get a drake feather and is that the same with all mules. If they cant reproduce do they still get the urge!!
     

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