17 drakes to 10 hens - grumble

1fromgermany

In the Brooder
7 Years
Apr 30, 2012
15
1
26
Joplin, MO
Hello,
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.
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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.
Nadine
 

Amiga

Overrun with Runners
11 Years
Jan 3, 2010
23,222
2,837
551
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

https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/21/meat-birds-etc

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.
 

Going Quackers

Crowing
10 Years
May 24, 2011
7,847
991
381
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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