New2Ducks-question about "in-breeding"

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by kmbinboston, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. kmbinboston

    kmbinboston Hatching

    Aug 25, 2008
    Maynard, MA
    I'm about to obtain a few magpie ducks including one drake in an attempt to perpetuate the breed and to ensure a continual supply of eggs for eating. My question is that the only way to do this past the second generation is essentially inbreeding. Is this ok with waterfowl? I haven't found any information about this specific topic, so my assumption is that it's ok. I wouldn't do it with other animals, but again, I'm new to ducks. Advice??
  2. cayuga26

    cayuga26 In the Brooder

    Apr 23, 2008
    Ontario Canada
    hoenstly you would likely be better to try and obtain new drakes whenever you want a new generation of breeders, inbreeding does happen with alot of birds but personaly whenever possible it should be avoided, unless your ok with culling potentialy a large number of birds who have defects. you could always purchase a second pair as well from another source and if you realy get interested keep adding pairs to create a larger gen pool

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