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how old should my ducks be?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by secretquail, Jul 23, 2010.

  1. secretquail

    secretquail Songster

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    I'm incubating 17 appleyard ducks. I plan on keeping a few, and processing the rest. What is the ideal age to process the ducks? These are large meat ducks.
     
  2. rinmpit

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    i used to have ducks, very easy to keep alive as chicks. ducks are usualy full grown around 3 to 4 months, so id butcher them at 4 months right when there nice and plump:cool:
     
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    plus ull know when there full grown
     
  4. Rod W

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    What's the trick to plucking your ducks?? I've done plenty of wild ducks but no large, tame ducks!! Thank You, ROD
     
  5. Rod W

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    What's the trick to plucking your ducks?? I've done plenty of wild ducks but no large, tame ducks!! Thank You, ROD
     
  6. jodief100

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    I have no personal experience with ducks but Kentucky State has a processing facility that you can process birds yourself for resale. The man who runs it told me that under 8 weeks (I think) and they are easy to process. Over 8 weeks and it is much more difficult. Considering he has to schedule everyone he keeps good track of how long things take.

    I am going off memory of a conversation 3 months ago. I can email to confirm if you wish.
     
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2010
  7. Buttercup Chillin

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    7 weeks - 12 weeks or 18 weeks if plucking. Older or when molting it is easier to skin them. I process my Muscovy males at 12 weeks and females at 17 weeks and I skin them. I may try plucking but I really don't like plucking anything around here. Stinky.

    Check out Metzerfarms.com processing waterfowl section for more information about it.
     
  8. Rod W

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    Buttercup, Thanks for the info on Metzer Farms, quite informative!!! ROD
     

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