dual purpose ducks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ajlynco, Nov 13, 2011.

  1. ajlynco

    ajlynco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are there breeds of ducks that are raised for eggs and meat, like chickens? If so, what are the best dual purpose breeds?
     
  2. grawg

    grawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Off the top of my head I would say welsh harlequins, buffs, and silver appleyards. Don't have any personal experience with any of those breeds so I can't help you much with how well them perform.
     
  3. StevenW.

    StevenW. Lovin' My Quackers!

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    Swedish, Buff, Cayuga, Ancona, Silver Appleyard, Saxony, Pekin, Crested, Rouen, Runners, Khaki Campbells.

    That's all I can think of at the moment.
     
  4. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    To tell ya the truth.... Rouens! They are the best dual purrpose I have had. My hen laid VERY well this year... For first year...
     
  5. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    If you want a lot of eggs plus a lot of meat, go with the Silver Appleyard.
     
  6. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:X2 never have had the breed. But according to the "storeys guilde to raiseing ducks" the silver appleyard is the best!
     
  7. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    X3 our SA aren't even full grown yet and are HUGE! Great foragers, easy to put up at night. Looking forward to egg laying from them. We have 2 exta drakes about to be processed with the roosters this next weekend.

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    Hubby just added French white Scovy for meat birds as well.
     
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2011
  8. AuroraSprings

    AuroraSprings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I second Anconas, ours lay about 260-280 XL-Jumbo eggs/yr. The drakes dressed out at about 3-4lbs, but we are working on increasing that. The flavor of the meat was absolutely divine!
     

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