Duel purpose ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by iajewel, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. iajewel

    iajewel Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 22, 2008
    Corning IA
    I have had Muscovy for a long time, and now I would like to add another breed to my yard. I would like a meat duck that is well tempered and easy to keep. I really don't care what color it is, its all about how well they can forage and feed to meat conversion. I know that Muscovy have a very different flavor to the meat then normal ducks. Its been so long since I have tasted anything else, I can't remember what a "normal" table duck is like.

    does anyone else breed for meat, and if so, what breed that lays well, will brood, is a good mother and has a nice feed to meat conversion can you suggest.
     
  2. njduck

    njduck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I added rouens to the mix this year. I am waiting to see how they turn out. I still can't imagine finding a better mother then a muscovy. they can hatch out 40 ducklings a year and raise every one of them.
     
  3. Senna95

    Senna95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm pretty happy with my saxonies. They grow a little slower then pekins, but lay better, are better foragers, and will hatch their own eggs. I'm going to try to cross some with muscovies next year (they usually use pekins, but thought I'd try saxonies)
     
  4. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    I have Pekins, they lay a huge egg every day and grow pretty fast. I really like them
     
  5. KansasKid

    KansasKid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    South East Kansas
    Welsh harlequins are a great dulpurpose breed that are capable of laying 330 eggs a year and are a good meat bird due to their light/white down feathers and medium weight body size.
     
  6. iajewel

    iajewel Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 22, 2008
    Corning IA
    I googled both the Harlequin and Saxony, I like the look of the Saxony, how do they lay? I like the idea if how much the Harliquine lay. That means I could hatch out allot of eggs a year. I honestly am a hatch a haulic. so more eggs the happier Iam. I live in a very cold winter climate with summers being.. well tomorrow will be 120 heat index with high humidity. Can you tell me how each of these breeds would do in this weather?
     
  7. mandelyn

    mandelyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The Saxony can do 200+ eggs a year. I chose them over the Welsh for the looks and size, I have chickens for eggs so I don't need a daily duck egg. When the ducks start laying I may reduce the chicken numbers and keep my youngest hens.

    I also wanted something that would sell for a little more than $2 as a duckling, and the Saxony are more on the rare side depending on your area. They're about non existent here, I searched forever starting back in February before ordering from a hatchery in June.
     
  8. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    In my opinion, the best dual purpose duck is the Silver Appleyard. They grow fast. They are calm natured. They give a large dressed duck. They lay more eggs than any other breed except for the lighter weight egg laying breeds. You can get up to 270 eggs a year from a well bred Silver Appleyard.

    If what you want is meat, you simply can not beat the Pekin for fast growth and excellent feed conversion rate.

    If your preference is eggs, then you want Khaki Campbells, Welsh Harlequin, or Runner.
     
  9. FarmrGirl

    FarmrGirl MooseMistress

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    Cayuga duck used to be the table bird of choice before Pekin took over. Nice flavor, good seasonal layers, very calm, good foragers but stay close to home.
     
  10. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I would recommend not getting rouens, they take 18 months to 'fully' fill out. Pekins are a good choice for meat duck, after all, it's what the chinese use [​IMG]

    ETA: If you wanted pekins for meat you'd want to go with the 'jumbo' pekins. They aren't really jumbo, just the size they should be.
     
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2011

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