Do I need to feed the duck by hands

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by yook2000, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. yook2000

    yook2000 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I was a child, I saw the old people feed the ducks. They opened the ducks' beak and inserted the feed in. I am new to raise ducks for meat in my backyard. Do I need to do that to fast their weight?
     
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  2. KMHunter

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    Quote:From what I understand, ducks eat a lot just fine on their own. You just need the feed and water for them to wash it down with. I have freinds with ducks and they never do that. But I may be totally wrong and there may be a reason to do this. But it sounds cruel and time consuming unless there is a real good reason.
     
  3. jenny_kap

    jenny_kap Chillin' With My Peeps

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    this is the way to feed the ducks and the geese if you want to get that big, big liver. it is a common practice in france and hungary. but people that have ducks for eggs or meat don't do that at home. ducks feed themselves enough, you don't need to over-feed them.
     
  4. RareBreedFancier

    RareBreedFancier Surrounded by Broodies

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    What you're describing is force feeding and while it may be done in some countries it is banned in others because it's cruel.

    Your ducks will be very happy to eat by themselves as long as there is food and water available. [​IMG]
     
  5. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Quote:X2 it is a common technic used to fatten the livers of duck's for culinary purposes. Force feeding in this manner is not something you need to do and I seriously doubt you could attempt this without professional assistance. anyway no need to worry, just feed them in a normal manner.
     
  6. snyd08

    snyd08 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    just not something you want to be a part of. raising meat ducks the old fashioned way will taste better. let them be happy for the time they are alive. not force fed small penned shoulder to shoulder crap! im a firm believer in the overall well being of the animal is how it's goinng to taste.[​IMG] (happy animal tastes flavorful...... stressed & miserable animal tastes just like the conditions it's raised in.)
     
  7. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Force feeding meat ducks with a certain custom feed to enlarge their livers yeilds a large tender very good tasting liver when processed is called "FROIS GRAS" and is very prized in gourmet cooking circles and all over the world including the U.S.

    This practice does have a purpose and a very good and demanding market, I think it is wrong to label the practice as cruel because of ones mislead beliefs as to the raising of these birds. I have seen first hand this method and the birds are not crammed into cages and treated in a cruel manner, they seemed happy and well adjusted. Although most of this method of raising ducks for this purpose is done in Foreign countries mainly France, it is highly regulated and closely monitored by that countries health ministries. It is my oppinion that is is wrong to label a practice cruel because we don't understand it or it isn't done in our culture. This Frois Gras retails for more than $10.00 - $20.00lb + and is delish.
     
  8. itsy

    itsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG] ...although I will disagree on the delish part....
     
  9. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Quote:[​IMG] ...although I will disagree on the delish part....

    LOL yeah it is definitely an aquired taste hehehehee, but pretty good if you give it a chance. The one doing the cooking is always the secret LOL.
     
  10. itsy

    itsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:So cook some and bring it in for the rest of the class!!!!! Shoot - make a big enough meal and I'll even pay for my own shipping!!!! [​IMG]
     

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