17 drakes to 10 hens - grumble

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by 1fromgermany, Sep 21, 2013.

  1. 1fromgermany

    1fromgermany In the Brooder

    Apr 30, 2012
    Joplin, MO
    I got several different kinds of duck about20 weeks ago from Cackel. I ended up with

    Drake Hen Total
    Runner 3 1 4
    Rouen 5 0 5
    Ancona 3 3 6
    Blue Swedish 1 2 3
    Black Swedish 3 0 3
    Cayuga 2 2 4
    other/older 0 2 2

    Total 17 10 27

    With that ratio it looks like I will have to butcher some of the drakes. [​IMG]

    The question is how many drakes should I put in the freezer?
    Are they still young enough to taste good? (about 20weeks now)
    I googled how to butcher, most stay to use poultry wax - can I use other wax besides poultry wax? its really expensive
    Is the drake to hen ratio normal?

    Thank you for the input.
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    Wow. Lots of drakes.

    I only have ducks as pets, so I am no help. But there is another forum, for meat birds


    Also, if you can get ahold of Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks, there is a chapter on processing them. Regarding age, he writes that if you don't butcher them in full feather at about 7 to 10 weeks, then wait another 6 to 10 weeks until they are in full adult feather.
  3. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Crowing

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    Amiga has given good advice, as i don't eat duck i am useless for that info. As for ratio's... ideally at least 2-3 per. I am a bit drake heavy here myself but will likely re-evaluate in the spring.

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