Jumbo Pekin from Meyer?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Tlammy, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. Tlammy

    Tlammy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it really the broiler duck of the duck world? Has anyone had these? Im worried if they have problems like broiler chickens. Thanks! [​IMG]
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    I have had jumbo Pekins but not from Meyer. They grew fast and got very meaty and were delicious. I have had no experience with muscovys but I have read on BYC that they are even bigger than Pekins. [​IMG] You might post on the duck thread below - folks over there can help you out I would bet. Good luck to you!

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/42/ducks
     
  3. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    Muscovies can get bigger than pekins and the meat is leaner. But the downfall is that they can fly. You average pekin is just too heavy.
     
  4. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Technically the Pekin would be the broiler of the duck world. They were bred to grow quickly but they still lay well. Butcher at 7-10 weeks. They sacrifice broodiness for these traits. I have never had Pekin. I breed Muscovy. They take longer to grow, butcher at 14-16 weeks. I've butchered drakes at 6 months and the are still DELICIOUS!!! Pekin, I'm not sure about jumbos, don't have the problems of cornish cross. I have not heard of these problems in Pekin. They will get lazy and VERY fatty if given alot of feed and little exercise. A leaner carcass can be gotten from allowing excercise and foraing. But muscovy are lean, much more like beef or veal.

    Muscovy can fly, the females anyway. If that is a concern, clip one wing, no flying. Even those that are able will usually take a turn around the area and return home. They need to know where home is but if you raise ducklings and don't clip wings they are not going to fly off, never to return (barring predation).

    Muscovy drakes can get huge, 12 lbs +, especially if they are of the French White production line. Females are much smaller, 5-6 lbs but great broodies and great mothers (typically).

    I LOVE my scovy.
     

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