Do ducks take longer to die than chickens?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Mammachix, Nov 14, 2014.

  1. Mammachix

    Mammachix In the Brooder

    Sep 14, 2013

    perhaps an odd question, but my husband noticed that the ducks take longer to go than the chickens we've butchered. We are slicing the jugular and letting them bleed out in a killing cone. He says the ducks take a lot longer to stop twitching and he takes of the head to make sure they are gone.

    Any suggestions for us? Need to butcher about ten before the cold weather sets in for good.

  2. TedSheckler

    TedSheckler In the Brooder

    Oct 24, 2014
    Maybe because they are waterfowl? The thermodynamics of being in water often/diving along with the long distance flying would make for a fairly different cardiovascular system more geared towards retaining effective oxygenation of the blood I would imagine, Possibly causing the body system to "keep kicking" for longer?

    I have no evidence for this theory, Just is what came off the top of my head.
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2014

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