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Age to Process Muscovies

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by chicken_boy_Kurt, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. chicken_boy_Kurt

    chicken_boy_Kurt Songster

    Mar 20, 2008
    I have scourged the internet for information. The only thing I found is that one strain of scovies (the strain I'm potentially purchasing) grows to 12 lbs in 12 weeks. I don't want a 12 lb bird... When do you guys process your scovies? And how large are they? How old should the scovies my 4-H club might be raising be? Thanks for any responses.

  2. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

    Sep 7, 2009
    Florida - Space Coast
    If you are talking the French white Scovy, yes they can get that big. Check out Moose Manor Farms, she is here on BYC also. Great info on processing and recipes too.
  3. chicken_boy_Kurt

    chicken_boy_Kurt Songster

    Mar 20, 2008
    Thank you! The site said 12 weeks, though I don't think it would be best for some of the younger members of my 4-H club to be handling such a large bird. Is it okay to process them younger?
  4. jdywntr

    jdywntr Songster

    Oct 31, 2009
    Somerville, AL
    You can process them younger or older. The ages given are for when they will have less pin feathers. I processed my first when it was about 5 months and there were some pin feathers and the rest at about 7 months but I skinned them.

    Muscovy are full feathered at 14-16 weeks. Good luck to your 4-H'ers

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