Pros: Friendly, forage well, stay close to house, easy to tame

Cons: Eat a lot, poop a lot

Only had mine a year now, but love them like crazy.  They are way tame, but spent some time doing that.  They stick together, one male, 6 females, like a cloud, and move as one unit.  Lay eggs like crazy, all winter long, some two a day, big healthy eggs with huge yolks, great for baking and egg dishes, any baker or cook would give their right arm to have a daily supply of these eggs.  Easy, easy to keep, give them fresh bedding, water supply and feed once a day, they're perfectly happy.  Will nest in cardboard boxes on the outside porch and come home every evening unasked.  Guess it's all in how you raise them.  Can see if you don't pay attention, they might not be the breed for you, but as pets, a little time goes a long way.  Of course they are fatty, that's the duck you buy in the grocery store, i.e., Long Island, but those are Jumbo Pekins.  The smaller breed is best to keep around for eggs and to round out your smaller farm.  They don't demand a pond, are perfectly happy with a little pool, and do forage well.  Just my experience, guess I got a good batch.  Can't complain about them being messy, they are, but they're ducks for goodness sake.  What do you want?  Can't potty train a duck, chicken or any other fowl, they'll poop when and where they want to.  And duck poop is great fertilizer, use their soiled bedding right in your garden between rows, not like chicken poop, it is ready to be used right away.  Watch your garden explode!  Tamed enough to eat from hand, and will come when called.  It's all in how they're raised, like any other.


Pros: Grows fast for meat, extremely efficient layers, adorable, entertaining, friendly, Good watch ducks

Cons: Can be overly noisy, very messy, poop machines

I love my Pekins. Their eggs are not overly strong, massive, and they lay 1-2 eggs a day for me. They take a 1 -2 month rest period which varies.  I have 3 Ducks and so I get a continuous supply of extra jumbo eggs. And if you bake they are amazing for baking. Ducks eggs are higher than chicken eggs in protein so kudos to that.  Plus the shells peel more than they do crack, so you don't have to worry about shell getting into your batter.


They are butcher weight in 8 weeks. We eat our extra drakes, and it is easy to tell gender by their quack, as early as 4 weeks in age.


Speaking of Quacks. The females quack just like Donald Duck laughs. Always brings a smile to my face.   They also like to make a merry-go-round when swimming. Mine do fine with the chickens and  they love their rubber splash tubs and puddles. They are just dirty birds.  They love it when I toss scratch into their puddle.


At night they are light sleepers, anything comes around and they start quaking.  So it's easy to know if something is out there.


Pros: Good layers, Friendly/Easy to catch

Cons: Messy, Need a good amount of room, need good duck/drake ratio

I have have been raising ducks for years now. Pekins are really friendly ducks. They stay pretty close to home, they are good layers and if you are looking for white craft feathers, look no further! They are also good meat ducks and can get pretty heavy. They don't fly, so they are easy to catch and little kids love them! Unfortantly you need to have a good ratio of ducks to drakes, otherwise (because of their size) they will pick on the smaller males as well. They are also slightly messy, and if you plan on having a little pool for them, it will need to be changed a lot!



Pros: Excellent Egg Layers, Hilarious, Loves to Play, Soft, Adorable, Easy to Catch, Good with Kids, Hardy in Every Way

Cons: Messy, Loud, Heavy, Hard to tell apart

I had a Pekin as a kid. His name was Jimmy. One night, he got attacked by an unknown predator. I though he was dead because he was laying there with massive holes in his neck. Well, I nursed him back to life, and he lived for many years after that...though he only had one eye after that (made for some good laughs trying to watch him run with his head tilted to one side). 


I have Pekins again. I unfortunately ended up with 3 drakes and 1 duck. I haven't had problems yet, though I still plan to get rid of two drakes. They absolutely LOVE their pool. I had to take it away because I was afraid of all the males drowning her. They follow each other in a line which is hilarious. They are soooo soft! I just had my 3-year old and 16-month old nieces petting them yesterday. They loved them. The female is very, very loud. I can hear her in the morning while still penned up all the way from my house. I deal with it, because EVERY morning, there's an egg waiting for me. I had no idea she'd lay this many. I think she may have missed one day so far and has been laying for 2 months now. How could it get better than that??


The boys start to look the same after a while and I can't tell them apart. They are pretty heavy so when they decide to catch a chicken and mate with it, it's painful to watch. If they find a puddle of water, you can bet there will be a mud hole in no time! I left soaker hoses going in my garden earlier this year and they found it. It was then a big clay, mud they ate all my lettuce. 


Even so, I still love them! I'm sure they're tasty, but I'd have to be starving to eat something that cute. :D


Pros: Silly, Sweet, good for cleaning up parasites in the goat pen.

Cons: A bit dumb, messy.

We have one Pekin, Daisy. She lives in the goat pen with our other duck, a mallard. He is more shy while Daisy will come up and eat out of your hand. We do not need to clean the goat area anymore, for they eat all the goat poop. They clean all the parasites. Daisy is messy, quirting grain everywhere but she always cleans it up. She is a sweet duck, so I would recommend Pekin's to anyone who wants a friendly duck. 


Pros: Very fun to watch, easy to take care of, very easy-going

Cons: They can be messy

I love my ducks so much that I want more! Pekin ducks are really easy to raise and have really good personalities. My ducks are skittish about being picked up, but like to be close to me when I'm in the yard. The eggs are delicious and the yolk is so orange and vibrant it turned me off of grocery store eggs forever. The only drawback is that they will lay eggs anywhere, so sometimes I have to go on an egg hunt (not quite as fun when they aren't dyed in pastels). Also, the ducks aren't broody at all, so if you want to hatch some more ducks, you'll have to get an incubator or a broody hen. I highly recommend these ducks. Another plus is that after Easter, you'll probably be able to find some of these for free. That's how I got mine.It's ridiculous, but parents buy them for kids' Easter baskets and then once the ducks lose their "cute" factor the family wants to get rid of it. I call them rescue ducks. 


Pros: Fluffy, white, decorative

Cons: Aggressive, hate water, "barn sour"

I have had three Pekins for about three months now and am not so much impressed.  I WANT to be, but I am not.  While they are absolutely gorgeous especially laying together under the grape vine trellis, they hate going into the pond (so they have no protection at all from predators, even what could be had on a pond).  In fact, they will just stay thirsty in the hot sun instead of going to the water unless I have herded my other ducks (some half grown ducklings that I am getting used to the pond) down first.  Then they will gulp water at the edge like they have not drunk in years.

Speaking of the ducklings, the Pekins prowl the edge of the pond when the ducklings swim and try to dominate them and break them up when they get on land.  The two drakes will not mate with the female, who keeps trying to mate with anyone who wants to sit on the grass (really creepy to be stared down by the female, then have her run up your leg or arm), so I am not sure why the drakes (and the duck) keep trying to harass the ducklings.  In order to let the ducklings swim in peace, one of us has to be the bouncer, keeping the Pekins from going to where the ducklings are.

Back to the going thirsty bit, I herd them from an outside run in the morning, which is perfectly fine.  I don't mind that a bit.  However, they will only spend a little bit at the pond (their feeder is there) before they want to go back into the run.  This is what I mean by "barn sour"--like a horse who just keeps wanting to go back to the barn.  So they hang out outside the run and get thirsty.  If it rains, they will drink out of mud puddles when a very gentle slope to a spring fed, nothing creepy or predatory, pond is literally just a few feet away.  One time they did go into the water and a bream touched one's foot and they lit out of there and avoid it (except to harass the ducklings).

Additionally, they do not seem great at foraging.  The ducklings work the bank of the pond like miners digging for gold.  The Pekins lounge in the grass, eat the food put out for them (or field strip my clematis and blueberries) and do not seem interested at all in eating bugs.

Now, to be honest, I wonder if it is because I got them at TSC during their chick days instead of through a breeder--bad genes, mass produced.  I would be willing to perhaps try the breed again from a breeder.  These, I believe, will be going away soon before they teach the ducklings bad habits. 

I do have to say that they are beautiful and I mean GORGEOUS--big white pillows with sweet faces and dark eyes. They do seem relatively expedient in terms of feed--they do not eat a ton.  I WANT to love them.  Just can't see a use for them.

I have not tried the meat yet, and there are no eggs (too soon for them to breed, I guess).  I am instead going to focus on a few other breeds I have.


Pros: Super Friendly, even drakes. They only eat what you give, get along with other ducks/ducklings quickly, love water

Cons: Fat ones don't live long, eat a lot, poop a lot

I only have 1 Pekin that we rescued. I named him Frosty and he's the best pet ever. He loves me. I think it's true when they say that a Pekin's friendship towards humans rival that of dogs. We even introduced him to our Muscovy and Magpie ducklings, and he only nibbled their necks and feet every here and there. He loves water, but he gets less and less protective over "his" pool. He only eats what I give him, and he drinks a dog bowl of water a day. I am beginning to let him out with me every morning to get some exercise with the ducklings while I finish up the chickens.


This is my lovely and beautiful Pekin Drake Frosty!


This is Frosty with 10 other ducklings. 8 of them are Muscovies and 2 of them are Magpies. Unfortunately 3 of them have died and we are left with 2 Muscovy Drakes and 3 Muscovy Hens, and the pair of Magpies.


This is Frosty in his pen. It's a dog crate, but he gets out every morning for some exercise!


Pros: Good eggs, tame, easy care

Cons: Poop a lot

I hatched these out for a 4-H project having no intention of keeping them. I ended up with a beautiful pair and I'm looking forward to getting more. The eggs are fatastic! She started laying around Christmas and gives me an egg every day. They free range in the yard, but don't go very far. They are very nice to work around and are content to hang around the kiddie pool all day. They tolerate the cold much better than chickens.


Pros: Beauiful, hardy birds that are pleasure to have around

Cons: They are a bit timid around people

Our first Pekin ducks came to us in the way of five eggs from a friend.  We placed them in our incubator and three hatched.  We wanted five ducks so we purchased two from Tractor Supply.  We had planned to put them on our pond when they were big enough, but our plans had to change when we couldn't move to the farm as soon as we hoped, so we built them a pen with a small pond and a house in our yard.  They are no trouble at all and everyone loves them.  Our closest neighbor has never complained that they are too noisy. I do supplement their feed, but they mostly eat plants and things they find on their own.


They get along very well with one another and I have never seen them fight.  We had eggs everyday until it turned cold in early December, but they have started laying again. I would recommend Pekin ducks to anyone who wants a beautiful sweet tempered duck.


Pekins originated in China. They were bred from a Mallard duck. In 1873, they were brought to Long Island, NY. The ancestors of the Pekin lived in a canal, which was connected by waterways to Nanjing. The Pekin is now one of the most popular commercial ducks bred for meat.

Breed Colors/VarietiesAs adults they are White, and Cream. As ducklings they are Yellow. Their beaks range from pink to orange colors, and their feet are orange.
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Breed Details:

Average weight of mature bird: Male- 8-9 lb Female- 10-12 lb Features include: Pink or orange beak White or cream colored feathers Yellow or orange feet Temperament: They are very domestic, sweet birds. They will love a good cuddle, and love to be pet. They have a great temperament. Purpose: Egg, and meat production. Eggs: They are 90-100 grams. Pekin eggs are white, or off white in color. They have 89% Fertility When they are laying you should get about an egg per day. Meat: Meat ranges from a lighter to darker brown. Pekins were chose as meat birds, because of their heavy size, and thick chest. If fed high protein diets, the meat will become thicker. Climate: If kept in housing they can handle about 5+ degrees (Only if fully feathered). They are very hardy, but if the climate drops below 5 degrees you should provide more shelter. In hotter weather they can handle about 100-120 degrees, if provided a pool, and shade. Housing: They should be given a shaded house, with weather proofing additions. Chainlink dog kennels work well in any weather, as long as they are weatherproofed. There should be a roof, and well as a raised dog house, to keep warm. Difficulty: They are very easy to raise. Provided you have housing, feed, and proper accommodations for them. Parenting: They are very poor at parenting. Their mothering skills aren't that great, and the easier way to hatch their eggs would be in an incubator. They rarely go broody. Male & Female: The best way to own these ducks is in a 1:4 male to female ratio. You can own all hens, but they will never get the company of the opposite sex. Incubation period: The eggs will incubate for 28 days. On the 28th day the ducklings will hatch. Breeding: Breeding season lasts year round for pekins. Some slack off, and only mate when they feel like it which could be every few days, but typically is lasts year round. Growth Rate: They grow very fast! By week 2 they already start to sprout tiny feathers, and by week 5 they have most of them. They will be about the size of an average duck by week 6. Noise: Females are very loud. They quack at everything. Males are very quiet, and have more a raspy quack. Foraging: They have GREAT foraging abilities! They are great free ranging ducks, and if they do free range they will require less feed. Life Expectancy: Their average life expectancy for Pekins is about 10-15 years.