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#58759 - 12/12/04 12:07 PM "true to their breed"?
D. Roy Offline
Chicken

Registered: 10/23/04
Posts: 81
Loc: Louisiana
Mallard population = 8 greenies, 5 hens, (I know)
Muscovys = 4 hens, recently lost drake
Pekins = 2,1 hen,(pretty sure of); 1 don't know
All free range on my property, 1/2 acre pond
Lately noticed a greenhead & pekin spending lots of time together, @pond this am, noticed them two trying to "do it". I quietly left them to their affair (pun), but got to wondering, can this lead to fertile eggs, can they hatch? If so can this also happen w/ muscovy hens?

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#58760 - 12/12/04 12:44 PM Re: "true to their breed"?
Rob2 Offline
Classroom Professor

Registered: 03/28/03
Posts: 3068
Loc: Pennsylvania
Your ducks are the same xcept the Muscovy which can cross with mallard types resulting inoffspring(maybe) which can not reproduce.

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#58761 - 12/18/04 12:50 PM Re: "true to their breed"?
Anonymous
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Your mallard and pekin can cross and will produce fertile eggs. Possibly not right now because it's winter but come spring they will. The mallard deriv drakes can breed the muscovy hens and the eggs will be fertile but the offspring will be mules and therefore are sterile. My mallard derivs and muscovies do not interact as a general rule, though. If they aren't getting attention from their own kind then they may seek it from the MDs though.

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