Jumbo Peking

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by cmferrante, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. cmferrante

    cmferrante Out Of The Brooder

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    I am ordering some Jumbo Peking ducks from McMurray. I want to keep a couple hens and drakes so they will continue to lay fertile eggs in the future so I don't have to buy more. Here is the question...What is the size difference between the boys and girls? If I'm looking to buy the first round and keep 2 boys and 4 girls to continue the line....what should the rest of my order be if they are going to be meat birds? If it were chickens...i'd say boys but the girls are pretty big too. Is it similar to the chickens i raise? I've heard 8 weeks to harvest...really?
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    The females get quite large as well. If you're considering them for meat birds then I would personally just order straight run and keep the best drake for breeding and a few ducks. You could then just butcher the extra drakes and ducks. A 1:2 ratio can work sometimes but some drakes are just too aggressive for that ratio. I'm not sure about the harvesting but you might try the Meat bird section for more information.
     

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