I have a couple indian runners and a mallard. One runner is guaranteed female, but the others are both straight run and too young to sex. In the event that I get a drake, I was wondering how runner ducks (or even a runner-mallard cross) are as meat ducks? I know runners are better as layers and if one wanted to raise ducks for meat they'd be better off getting a muscovy or pekin, but knowing that their primary purpose is for eggs and pets, how is the meat itself? Is it more of a hassle to prepare than it's worth to eat? Comparing a runner to a pekin or muscovy, how much meat is actually available/how many people does a single duck feed? At what age does one butcher a duck for meat before it becomes too tough, as I've heard with chickens? Thanks guys! I didn't think I'd be able to look at ducklings and picture them as food.. but apparently the last few days I've been craving duck, and the thought of raising a few meat birds just seems easier and easier.