Goose/Duck question about what to feed before butchering

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by DawnB, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. DawnB

    DawnB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Are ducks/geese like cattle? Do you finish them on a little extra grain before butchering? How much does what they eat overall affect the taste of the meat?

    Just trying to get a little ahead of the game...

  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    I have heard on BYC that some folks finish their meat birds on corn. Not sure if it was a taste thing or a fattening them up thing....if the birds are Cornish X they are usually fat enough already!
  3. Mingming

    Mingming Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2012
    I was thinking of doing the same thing (with chickens, though). But then they're going to be about 70% organic when I'm done with them, and all I'm sure I can find is GMO-corn, so I'm thinking I'll just stick to organic scratch (which I ferment). But here's another article about this, too!

    Let us know what you decide to do!
  4. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 31, 2009
    Somerville, AL
    You can finish them for 2-3 weeks on free choice grain or finishing pellets. If you do this, it is recommended that you restrict free range birds to a yard, 10-25 sq ft per duck. It will fatten them up.

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