Will ducks crossbreed????????

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by beebiz, Aug 11, 2007.

  1. beebiz

    beebiz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I tried a question quite similar to this one in another post and got no response. Might have been a bad choice for the subject line......

    If kept in the same pen, will adult Pekins and adult Muscovies crossbreed??

    If that sounds like a dumb question, I'm sorry. I am new enough to ducks that I just don't know...... sorry!

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  2. Chickenlover88

    Chickenlover88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will crossbreed but the resulting birds are called mules and aren't fertile (meaning they can't have babies of their own)
     
  3. beebiz

    beebiz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the reply!!
     
  4. mlheran

    mlheran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Beebiz is absolutely right; and ducks will try to breed with almost anything on their level (of height, that is). Mr.Flapper is a well-known Pekin with a small harem of Muscovies and friends, you should check out all the great pics. [​IMG]
     
  5. featherfeet

    featherfeet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read that my ancona drake and white crested hen should breed but we haven't seen any action...? any thoughts? they are 7 months old.
     
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    You should note it is the muscovy cross that makes the mule. I don't think any of the other crosses have the same fertility issues.
     
  7. poultrykeeper08

    poultrykeeper08 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yea only muscovey crosses are steril. Other ducks can cross breed and they wil be fertile .

    I was told and read in some books that if a male muscovey breeds with a muscovey hen that he will never breed with any other breed of duck . I dont know if that is true . Like i said a farmer told me that and i read it in a few books i have so i duno how true that is
     
  8. PFHEthan

    PFHEthan Out Of The Brooder

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    What do you get if a white layer and a pekin cross?

    Thanks in advance!
     

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