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...


    Thanks,
    Dawn
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    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

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    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!

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/221903/finishing-meat-birds

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

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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