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Pekin

Average User Rating:
4.16667/5,
  • Breed Colors/Varieties:
    As 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 Size:
    Large Fowl
    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.
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  • 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.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. MissYa
    3/5,
    "Bullies of the yard"
    Pros - Lots of feathers to share for wild birds nests.
    Cons - Bullies, my muscovies can't lay eggs in peace.
    The hen is quite the quacker. The drake is pretty persistent in mating the muscovies, chasing them around the yard, pinning them to the ground, finishing his deed in 2 seconds and flop right off. I thought ducks mated on water. Apparently, he's got this figured out on land.
    Overall:
    3
    Purchase Price:
    0
    Purchase Date:
    2017
  2. jolenejellybean
    4/5,
    "Great ducks for eggs"
    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.
    Overall:
    4.5
    Osupile Osupile Dux likes this.
  3. TheMauveDuck
    3/5,
    "Skiddish, Beautiful, Tame, Protective"
    Pros - Gorgeous, Excellent layers, Hardy
    Cons - Loud, Protective, Messy, Aggressive towards other ducks
    As an owner of five Pekin ducks whom are over a year old and hand raised I feel like I've had time to observe these beautiful animals. They stay in the preferred area in and around their run and under the shelter of trees always. They move together as a group so as long as I see one I know the others aren't far behind. My three females were excellent egg layers-double yolks on a weekly bases. Unfortunately even after being raised by our family since they were days old they still aren't comfortable around us. They are treated humanely and pampered properly never chased or mistreated but they still refuse to accept that they live with us. They only run to us if they know we have food for them. They don't mind sharing space with the chickens but they hate our ducklings. They are around four months old and we still have to separate them in the coop. The ducklings do nothing to taunt them but the Pekin's are relentless. They pick out their feathers and chase them out of the pond. Despite the draw backs we love our Pekins. They are a wonderful addition to our small farm and I will never regret owning them.
    Overall:
    3.5

User Comments

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  1. SweetPoultry
    Cute ducks, I remember I had one as a child.
  2. dianaduck
    I have a huge question my Peking duck hatched three duckling 2 weeks ago but my drake basically will,peck at them if given the chance so I have everyone separated now in an outside pen...my question to anyone they can help! Will my boy duck badically always want to be this way with the new ducks? My drake is very sweet to everyone else
  3. Abriana
    I'm getting two Pekins! I cannot wait, they are my first ducks. I have always wanted ducks. I think they are so cute. I put in a lot of time researching Pekins, asking questions, and have found them to be friendly, and a great choice if you want to love ducks. I am buying mine from Metzer Farms.
  4. lgergely
    Looking two purchase two Female Pekin Ducks. Vermilion,oh
    1. Abriana
      Buy them from Metzer farms, that is where I'm getting my two Pekins. They have a minimum of two birds bought at once, which i thought was great. they have information on each breed of duck and goose and goose they carry and I have heard that there is no better place to buy ducks than Metzer farms.
      Abriana, Jul 6, 2017
      Justyna and poultrynme like this.
  5. Herdcutter
    A very good duck for many purposes. They have a sense of humor. They are great, once a day, egg layers. They are delicious meat ducks. They are LARGE like 9-10 pounds. Easy keepers - if you feed them and make sure they have plenty of fresh water. They like a swimming pool and they love, love to go worm hunting. They make wonderful instant manure. The girls are not as friendly as the boys, but the boys will rape your girls.
  6. wcfinklized
    First ....they are NOT. Small cute things.... They are huge cute things.....my khakis are less than half the size of my beast pekins.... When i got them as ducklings.... I didnt know they would get so big.... And they aint done growing yet..... They are very well mannered....they arent mean to the kids by anymeans....they also tend to scatter when Ya come near.... Unless of course ya have food. No complaints here.... Just be warned if new to the breed....they are big and eat alot.
  7. BirdGirl2004
    I got 2 of these for a present and I have loved them since the moment I got them. Beautiful birds and handle the cold very nicely eggs taste great. Want to get more this spring.
  8. lcertuche
    Ohhhh, I want some. They look so regal.
  9. lcertuche
  10. arrowti
    Your pekins are so gorgeous! Do you have a male and a female or two females?

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