The Pekin is a dual purpose breed from China that was brought to the United States by James Palmer in 1873. It soon became a very popular, dual purpose breed of duck because of its great size, egg production and friendly nature. The Pekin breed today is the most popular commercial duck breed in the United states, with around 95% of duck meat consumed in the US being Pekin. The Pekin is a very popular choice for meat production as it reaches 8-11 pounds in just 15-18 weeks. And is also a good layer and will rarely ever try brooding, which is good for someone who wants eggs and not ducklings. Pekin ducks are less prone to broodiness than other duck breeds and they are more likely to abandon their nest before their eggs hatch. Hens can be used to sit on the duck eggs, or they can be incubated artificially. On average a Pekin will lay 200-250 eggs per year. Pekins make great pets as they are a very friendly and docile breed. They are very intelligent and are capable of forming lifelong strong and loyal bonds with humans, and often then prefer human company over the company of other ducks. Pekin ducklings start off a bright yellow color and get lighter as they start developing feathers at around 2-3 weeks of age. Pekin’s usually mature and will start laying large white eggs around 25 weeks. Details: Origin: China Purpose: Dual Broodiness: Seldom Average weight: Male - 8-9 lb, Female - 10-12 lb All pics by @holm25 BYC Reviews: https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/pekin Breed Discussions: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/742668/pekin-duck-club/0_30 https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/726109/post-your-pekin-duck-pics-here/0_30 Do you own Pekins? Are you a Pekin breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including: · What made you decide to get this breed? · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose? · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed? · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!