If I want duck by easter when should I buy them?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Fancie, Dec 24, 2009.

  1. Fancie

    Fancie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Easter is April 4th this year. I wanted to raise the ducks myself (pekin).... when should I purchuse my ducks?
     
  2. eggybritches

    eggybritches Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hatch them!
     
  3. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    whenever you want [​IMG]
     
  4. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    I assume you're talking about for meat, yes?

    Doing a quick google search it looks like you would want to butcher a pekin at week 7 or wait till week 15.

    Purely Poultry sells jumbo pekins and they say: http://purelypoultry.com/pekin-ducklings-p-621.html
    "Grimaud Hybrid Pekin Duck, a large, fast growing Pekin duck. They get 8-12.25 pounds. Annual duck egg production is 150-200 duck eggs. 8.2 pounds live weight at slaughter 49 days. Eviscerated weight 5.7 pounds. Duck Feed Conversion 2.74 pounds of feed to produce 1 pound of duck. Mortality 2.5%. As percent of duck: 21% Breast Filet, 30.2% skin and duck fat."

    If you're not about ducks for meat, I don't understand the question.
     

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