Runner and Mallard cross?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Vickers58, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. Vickers58

    Vickers58 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone else have a mallard x runner? This surprise duckling has us wondering what it may grow up to look like.... Please share pictures if you have them!! [​IMG]

    Here are the parents....
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  2. GreenSahara

    GreenSahara Out Of The Brooder

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    I wish I did! :)
     
  3. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    Are you still around? Have an updated picture? :)
     
  4. Russian Blue

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    I have hatched quite a few of the reverse cross, a fawn and white runner drake with a mallard. The resulting ducks are either all buff (strangely enough) or medium brown. In my avatar pic, the drake in the center and the girl on the far left are runner x mallard. This is a wonderful cross, IMO. They are smaller in size, lay well and can't fly over the fence.
     
  5. GoldenFlight

    GoldenFlight Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    I'm crossing my fawn and white runner drake with my mallard hen this spring.
     
  6. NathanZee

    NathanZee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Can they fly at all?
     
  7. blueducklings

    blueducklings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ordered a batch of runners 2 summers ago and the breeder said a mallard might have gotten into the enclosure
    The result was a bunch of runners that did not stand totally upright and had somewhat fatter bodies
    They could also clear a 3 foot fence
    They had beautiful colors but they had a wild streak
    Not like the runners I am used to getting from this breeder[​IMG]
    They were also quite a bit shorter than the pure bred runners I have
     
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  8. Russian Blue

    Russian Blue Out Of The Brooder

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    Sounds like it could have been a wild Mallard.

     
  9. Russian Blue

    Russian Blue Out Of The Brooder

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    They can get off the ground a few feet for a very short distance, but they have never gotten over my 5 foot fence.

     
  10. NathanZee

    NathanZee Chillin' With My Peeps

    That's surprising! My runners and my mallards (obviously mallards) can fly better than you describe, maybe the hybrids are heavier than both parents?
     

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