Originally Posted by ViolinPlayer123
@Tevyes Dad Except for Mallard and Jumbo Pekin! Do you have 7 more sq. ft. somewhere? (2 for the Mallard and 5 for the J.P.).
Ok, busted on the Mallard. I think I had a mental block because they can fly for real so I would need an aviary and I have 3 Rouens that look the same except they are bigger and a bit brighter (plus I can go to the fairground and see 1,000,000 Mallards every day.) But the Mallard is certainly a breed that Metzer has that I won't have. I can live with that because as it stands, I don't clip any wings and most of my ducks can fly 10 feet if they want to but not fly away
The Jumbo Pekin isn't really a breed. The "normal" Pekin (at Metzer's anyway) is a large drake bred to a medium sized, good egg bearing duck which should give a good all around Pekin (suitable for meat, eggs or pets). The Jumbo Pekin is a large drake bred to a large duck with size as the only goal. This is great if you want a meat duck because you will probably have a very large duck by 7 weeks. But because they are pushing the envelope in size for Mallard-based ducks, there is a very high likelihood of heart and leg problems once they reach their full potential size - not really a problem if they are sent to freezer camp at 7 weeks old, but they would not make a good bet for a pet or even an egg duck.
Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if they stopped selling Jumbo Pekins. They are now selling Grimaud Hybrids which are still Pekins, but they sound like a healthier version of the Jumbo Pekin. They reach 8.2 lbs at 7 weeks but are still good egg bearing ducks so they would be better for a meat farm that wanted to be self sustainable.
And my house calculations:
4 runners @ 2sq ft = 8
1 Pekin @ 5sq ft = 5
1 KC @ 3sq ft = 3
9 others at 4 sq ft = 36 (Buff, Rouen, Cayuga, WH, Swedish, White Crested)
Total = 52 sq. ft.
House = 6x8' = 48 sq. ft.
So I am actually 4 sq. ft short by calculations (perfect if Kaine spends the whole summer in jail). Now I watch my flock in the house and they have lots of room to stretch out and they mostly sleep since they are only in the house at night. So I don't anticipate any problems (although it it just another reason to get working on their super quack shack.) But this summer, we will be full up!