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I haven't really seen any good, active threads about raising waterfowl for meat production. Lots and lots of chicken threads, of course, but not much on the webbed feet front. So, this thread is for chatting about raising, managing, butchering, and cooking ducks, muscovies, and geese.

 

Currently in my brooder I have a pair of American Buff goslings, Welsh Harlequin ducklings, Grimaud Hybrid Pekins, a Muscovy, and some chicks (English Orps and Golden Cuckoo Marans). They are being brooded in a 12'x12' rubber matted horse stall. The heat source is a Premier 1 heat plate for 50 chicks. Mostly just the chicks use it now as the waterfowl prefer snuggling together in the straw. All of the waterfowl are 3 weeks and the chicks are 4 weeks.

 

Goslings with Welsh Harlequins:

 

There are 2 Grimaud Hybrid Ducklings front and center. They're almost as big as the goslings. You can just barely see the back of the GC Marans cockerel between the ducklings.

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I am very interested in this thread. I don't have any water fowl... YET, but I am considering adding them. I am leaning t'ward Muscovy as I have heard they have the most "beef like" meat. 

 

I will be looking forward to hearing what folks have to say on the subject of water fowl for meat.

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Welcome to the thread! That's what I've heard about Muscovies too. If the one that I'm growing out now ends up being male I'll be able to test that out.

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I have 3 different age groups of goslings and didn't start tracking until last week. Goslings F and G are the oldest and are now primarily eating grass and showing some awesome growth rates. The larger one is 81.2 oz! Goslings A and B are 2 females from Ideal - interestingly their 1 week weights were lower than those I hatched here. The final group is C, D, and E and they were bred and hatched here. Sorry to anyone with OCD about the lack of alphabetical order on this chart. :D

 

 

Now the Welsh Harlequins. This is a mix of male and female ducklings. The heaviest, G, is 48.1 oz. The smallest, D, is quite runty at 30.4 oz. 

 

 

And then the Hybrid Pekins. They're due to butcher out in 2 weeks at the ripe old age of 7 weeks. The largest is currently 71 oz and the smallest is 58.8.

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@hellbender I think I found what you are talking about. http://www.freedomrangerhatchery.com/white-muscovy-ducks.asp 

 

I looked around for something more local but have not found it yet. If I have a pen ready this year I may order some from these folks and take a chance on the long ship.

 

I find a lot of Muscovy adds on Craig's list but most are just mixed colors that do not appear to have been breed with intent.

 

Thanks for the tip these may just be the way to go.

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