Scientific name: Anas platyrhynchos x Cairina moschata
Other common names: Moulard, Hinnie, Barbary
Mule Ducks are a hybrid, or cross breed of a Muscovy Drake and Pekin female. This cross is used to create a white feathered, fast hatching and lean meat fowl. Mule ducks are extremely common and raised commercially in France where they are prized for their foie gras, and in China and Tiawan for their firm and non fatty flesh.
If a Pekin drake is crossed to a Muscovy hen then, the offspring are called Hinnies. Mule and Hinnie ducks are sterile.
Varieties: Pied, White
Uses: Foie Gras, Meat
Personality: Calm, lazy and friendly
Suitable housing: Free range during the day, or large a pen
Capable of flight: No
Weight: 8.8 lbs at 9 weeks of age
Noise level: Below average
Eggs production: Not applicable
Egg color: Not applicable
Meat production: Excellent quality meat fowl. Mules ducks produce less fat then most duck breeds and are highly prized for their livers.
What else you should know:
To create a Mule duck most breeders use artificial insemination. This is because in a natural setting, fertility is only 20% - 30%. Artificial insemination increases fertility to 80%.
For some reason, 60% of mule ducks hatch as males. Males are often preferred and raised for foi gras, while females are raised for meat.
Pekin ducks take approximately twenty-eight days to hatch, while Muscovies take thirty-five. The Mule duck takes thirty-two days to hatch.
fantastic meat, best meat duck, excellent size
backyard homestead, Breeding Mule ducks
Unusual but Nice Duck
I went to purchase some ducklings from a hobby breeder that had Pekin and Muscovy ducks. She had one adult duck that was a cross between the two called a mule duck or Mulard. She said she really didn't want it as they are usually sterile, so she gave it to me free when I asked.
Mine was a female, which is apparently a little more rare since many mule ducks are male. She was friendly and got along well with my other ducks which were Pekin. She was not particularly pretty, but easy to handle and keep. I fed her a commercial duck food that I used for my others and since they were all loose in part of the backyard they also kept the bugs down.
Mine was a surprisingly decent layer I thought. I didn't have a male so the eggs would have been infertile even if I had been lucky. The eggs were larger than my chicken's eggs and had a nice flavor. She didn't lay as many as my other ducks but enough to enjoy. She stopped laying at about the age of 3 and passed away about a year later of apparently natural causes.
I would recommend these ducks as pets though not for breeding. I didn't use the meat so I can't comment on their meat, and since they are mostly sterile I can't think of many reasons to keep them except as pets unless you are using the meat. Overall, though, no reason to not take a mule duck if you get the chance!.
From maddieg Sep 9 2014 2:11PM
Excellent Meat But Near Impossible At-Home Breeding
Mule ducks are the result of a cross between a Pekin duck and a Muscovy Duck. Technically, a mule duck must be specifically from a Muscovy male bred to a Pekin female. It is called a 'Hinny' if the cross is a Pekin male to a Muscovy female.
I did manage (not really purposefully, but it happened) to get one of these last year when I was keeping both breeds of ducks. Just one egg, mind you, but he was probably the best meat duck I'd ever hatched and grown - excellent size and fantastic meat quality.
So why don't I just cross up all my Pekins and Muscovies? Because it is almost impossible to do. Mule ducks are highly marketable and sought after for meat, and so in Europe they artificially inseminate but on the backyard homestead it is a total crap-shoot and the result is that the Muscovy male covered my females too much and the fertility was next to nil, thus I lost a lot of breeding and meat opportunity for this year.
When crossing these breeds only have about a 20% fertility/hatchability rate. It takes AI to get any reliable results. So although in theory it can happen and once in a while will, you'll surely want to go with the sure-bet and just breed Muscovies to Muscovies and Pekins to Pekins, both of which will still give superior meat..
From MaryW Jul 22 2014 8:16AM