Mallards for Dinner (Warning Graphic Pics)

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Drk_Wlf, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. Drk_Wlf

    Drk_Wlf Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2009
    Chautauqua County, NY
    Me and my husband purchased 6 ducks from Tractor Supply this past spring, 2 Pekins and 4 Mallards (which was a mistake, they are loud, messy and unbelievably stupid). With winter fast approaching, the prospect of housing them through a cold northern winter here in Upstate NY is quite daunting. My husband just finished our expanded Chicken coop and run, but just the though of the mess those little feathered fiends will make gives me nightmares. My chickens are relatively easy to keep clean, but with the addition of the ducks I fear what type of mess they will make once they are in with the chickens. So, because I REALY dislike those quacking feather brained fowls from hell, I have convinced my husband that they would make a tasty dinner [​IMG] . I know pekins are meat ducks, but are mallards any good to eat?
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2010
  2. danischi24

    danischi24 Loves naked pets

    Aug 17, 2008
    Ignore her. Some birds aren't for everyone & at least you aren't "releasing" them on a pond to starve. Mallards are very edible. Duck hunters eat the wild ones all the time-at least that's what I assume they do with the mallards they shoot.
  3. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

    Apr 7, 2010
    yes mallards can be eaten, its duck shooting season here and the mallards are the favourites on the hunters lists
  4. maggiemmm

    maggiemmm Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 26, 2010
    Kewadin area
    Well, as far as eating animals....if you were in Korea you would not find any stray dogs or cats for that matter [​IMG] And people do raise ducks for meat. It is a matter of what you are used to. I have had ducks overwintering in Northern Michigan and they are not any problem an icecream bucket is all they need filled with water.. so there really is not that much mess. Just do not get any more ducks .. my aunt used to say --- "Now you know, so never mind" you know you do not like ducks..... you will, however, like them roasted [​IMG]
  5. Drk_Wlf

    Drk_Wlf Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2009
    Chautauqua County, NY
    Quote:Thanks! I thought so! We originally bought the ducks for eggs, but after a few months with the amount of food they eat it’s not really worth it. I thought about selling them on craigslist but after all the time and money spent on raising them I would like to use them to feed my family instead of someone else’s. So for eggs I think I am going to stick with chickens! I might get some Runners, for eggs, if we have enough money to build a separate pen. It is so much more difficult to house animals together in the winter then it is in the summer when they spend most of their time outside foraging. [​IMG]
  6. Drk_Wlf

    Drk_Wlf Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2009
    Chautauqua County, NY
    Quote:I have actually been a vegetarian for the past year. I stopped eating meat after seeing how most animals in the commercial meat industry are treated. I don't have anything against eating animals; I just don't like the inhumane conditions that they are produced in. So I now only eat meat that I myself produce.... but so far we haven't produced any. Next year we plan on getting turkeys and meat chickens and we should have piglets next summer, but right now all we have are the ducks.... and Thanksgiving is fast approaching! [​IMG]
  7. foxhomechickens

    foxhomechickens Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 19, 2010
    My father has hunted mallards for about 70 years and eats as many as he can get his hands on. I think they taste yucky. I dont know anything about hatchery mallards but i dont think the wild ones are dumb as they have outsmarted many a dog over the years.
  8. jrobertson

    jrobertson Robertson's Rare Poultry

    Apr 24, 2010
    NW Alabama
    i little bit of research goes a long way when obtaining a new type or breed of livestock. any browse through the ducks section of this forum would have informed anyone that ducks are messier than chickens, especially to brood. i would recommend storey's guide to raising ducks to anyone considering owning ducks. especially if they don't know the answers to even the most basic questions. an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
  9. mommyofthreewithchicks

    mommyofthreewithchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2010
    I think DH plans on eating a few of our ducks and if I sexed the mallards correctly we will have an over abundance of drakes [​IMG] I personally don't like the taste of duck so for me I am not planning on eating the ducks but I know that decision will come up. Since they were a gift to DH I am letting him decide! [​IMG] I am feeding and taking care of them and deciding the fate of my chickens and that is enough for me... I butchered two roosters a week ago and it was hard and yet easier than I first imagined.

    Sorry you don't like the ducks....
  10. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    Ducks are messy, but so much fun. I just got 2 muscovies after years of not having them thanks to predators...and I can't wait to fence in the yard around the pond and get some more. They will live outside on the pond so that's a good thing vs. inside the chicken house with the chickens. As far as taste, I have some ppl. that go crazy over duck, mallard and muscovy(mine are not for eating) so I would say yes it is a good duck to eat.

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