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Pekin

Average User Rating:
4.1875/5,
  • 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. Quakersandcheese
    4/5,
    "Big, tough, dumb"
    Pros - Lots of meat, lots of eggs, can not fly. No need for clipping wings. Not too loud. Not aggressive to me. Fast growers, too much of a hassel for most predators where I live.
    Cons - They have stomped several of my rouens eggs into mush. They bully my swedish ducks, but luckilly the swedish are too quick For them. They forget how to use ramp to pool. Spit half of their food into their water.
    Purchase Price:
    4.00
    Purchase Date:
    4/5/18
  2. happy duck
    5/5,
    "Nice and sweet!"
    Pros - My Pekin is a great and loves to be around me.
    Cons - They are loud, but I have a drake so I don't have to worry about the quacking.
  3. DaisyDucky
    5/5,
    "I love my pekins!"
    Pros - Big, fluffy and sweet! Eggs are great for baking! Cuddlebugs. Funny and silly too.
    Great watchducks!
    Cons - While they are great egg layers, dont trust them to sit on a nest.
    I have a mated pair I raised from 3 days old and they are wonderful! They absolutely adore my 2 year old son and he loves them. They are very patient and Donald, the male, loves to "race" with me. Ill run and he'll run with me and come in for cuddles. They are a very powerful breed and make great watch "dogs" for any intruders that come into the yard.
    Purchase Price:
    $3.00
    Purchase Date:
    Last easter
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User Comments

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  1. NoFlyBackFarm
    PEKINS ARE MY FAVORITE
  2. atalantis
    sooooooooooooooo cute!!! i have 8 i thought i had 9 but i was a gosling!:):hit:celebrate:barnie:he
  3. Duckgoose
    Best ducks for pet or companions love my two Pekins
  4. Laurid
    How can you tell a male from a female Peking duck
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    2. Thomas Lamprogiorgos
      The feathers tail of the mail create a ring!!!
      Thomas Lamprogiorgos, Feb 2, 2018
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    3. Laurid
      Thanks for information I know I have Two female Peking ang a female orpinton with the five year old male Peking its ok he is loving his girls and takes care of them watches over them I love my Ducks there names are Bubble, Iberia and Vanilla our Buff and Big Lennon
      Laurid, Jun 16, 2018
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    4. Laurid
      I am working on hatching two eggs we have six days to go and we will see
      Laurid, Jun 16, 2018
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  5. bernie131
    how do u get rid of mites, fleas or lice, he scratches all the time, ?
    1. DanTduckman
      mites dont like a lot of water. if you let your duck bath frequently, the mites hate it and will usually go.
      if bathing isnt an option, you can buy powder and fluff it all through their feathers. the powder is sulphur based. smells terrible, but it does work.
      DanTduckman, Nov 21, 2017
  6. bernie131
    i have a pekin drake dumped at the college pond & i love him but he does "charge" at my son, the dog & the cats, gave him a stuffed animal & he goes 2 town on it,...how long does behavior last?
      blessedx44 likes this.
    1. DanTduckman
      i had a pekin drake. his behaviour was similar. in spring and summer its worse, but then gets better in autumn and winter. i noticed that when he reached about 5 years old, he mellowed a little, but always had that slight tendency in spring and summer
      DanTduckman, Nov 21, 2017
  7. M5pekin
    I love my 5 Pekins. Huge ducks, daily xl egg layers, adorable addition to any garden or yard. Easy to keep, hardy, and did I mention adorable? Mud lovers, worms gobblers, destroyers of fresh water and adventurous foragers. You will never run out of fresh feathers for crafting or be without entertainment while owning Pekin Ducks! Only cons: Loud quacky ladies, the boys can be bullies and get a little ...rapey...so really keep in mind the suggested Drake to Hen ratio please- take it from me I'm learning the hard way!
      usetheforcejb, Jharris3 and Timmy777 like this.
  8. SweetPoultry
    Cute ducks, I remember I had one as a child.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
      Duckgoose, Jharris3 and Timmy777 like this.
    1. Jharris3
      I did the same my only mistake so far was the poultry math. I got 4 thinking all were hens but ended up with 3 drakes. 2 is definitely the best # to start with
      Jharris3, Sep 20, 2017
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    2. Abriana
      I decided to get blue Swedish instead. After some research about Pekin leg problems and all I felt these were a better choice. I'm getting them in the spring.
      Abriana, Sep 21, 2017
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