Exactly how large to Pekins get?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Andora, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. Andora

    Andora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    I got a new Pekin yesterday from an elderly rural farmer who has bred and hatched his own for a number of years. The Pekin is a male and about 10 months old, and he is GIGANTIC!!

    This is him next to my Pekin, who I got at the feed store a couple months ago.

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    I'm sure my 2 month old Pekin isn't full grown yet, but will it really grow this big!?! This other Pekin, who we named Benny, is so huge.

    I can't decide if my little Pekin is a male or female. It does make some louder noises than Benny the Giant Pekin, but it's not as loud as some of my definitely female Pekins that I rehomed this week. Maybe I'll just have to wait and see if one of those curly feathers appears? What age will that feather grow in?

    Here's a last picture of Benny. I think he's a fine looking duck, I can't wait until he gets a little more tame.

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  2. headred

    headred Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girl, Cher, I assume so because she quacked really fast, is 8 weeks old and she's large also. Congrats on your new duck! I am also anxious for eggs!

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    She's a comedian and keeps us fully entertained!
     
  3. kitkatbahr

    kitkatbahr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I think there may be two kinds of Pekins. I met a guy yesterday that had a bunch of what he called Jumbo Pekins, and they were huge! Maybe do a google search and see what you can find out. He said his came from Metzer farms in California.

    Pretty ducks!
     
  4. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    If he has been breeding and hatching his own ducks for a long time, the size gene could have really been played up in his flock. Just because Benny is a moose doesn't mean your other duck will be.
     

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