Meat Duck Question

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by StarLover21, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, so I would eventually like to get some Pekin Ducks. I've heard they are the freindliest. However, I also know they are a meat bread. I'm a vegetarian, and don't eat meat, but I was just wondering if I got some, they wouldn't be unhealthy or anything if I kept them their whole life, like Cornish X aren't meant to live past processing age.
    Thanks guys!
     
  2. mythkat

    mythkat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi,

    If you get standard Pekins you should be fine keeping them as pets. It's when you get into the Jumbo and Grimaud Hybrid Penkin that you start having leg problems. Many parks have Pekins that have been dropped off and they live for years quite happily. [​IMG]
     
  3. triplepurpose

    triplepurpose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just so. Cornish X are a HYBRID from highly bred parent lines kept under very controlled conditions that are never intended to grow to adulthood, whereas Pekins are an established pure breed, so logically, baby Pekins must come from healthy adult Pekins or there would be no more Pekins around... [​IMG]
     
  4. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, great!
     
  5. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    Pekins are just as healthy as any other duck.

    Just make sure they get enough niacin and calcium while they are growing. They grow really fast.
     
  6. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I rescued a couple of Pekins (long story but I have a friend that works at the Humane Society). They just came to my place to live out their lives. They both lived another 5 years from the time I got them and they were probably a year old when I got them.

    Make sure they don't get overweight. They are prone to developing gout (sp?). How do I know this, well they started developing limps and my friend took one in and let the vet check her out. Gout was the diagnosis and the vet said older Pekins are very suseptible to it. I nursed them for a good year and then eventually the decision was made to put them down. It was obvious the pain was becoming very intense.
     
  7. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    Adding to what Scooter said, Pekin ducks are greedy eaters. Mine get their feed weighed and they get the proper amount to maintain their correct weight. Treats are just that: treats. They are small bits of favorite things, not huge meal sized amounts.

    My Pekin are very good at self-exercising. They are lively, but perhaps they wouldn't be if they were too fat.

    My experience with Pekin is that they have lovely calm natures and are pleasant to be around. I think you will enjoy your ducks.
     

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