meat ducks -- breed suggestions?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by vettechstudent, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. vettechstudent

    vettechstudent Hatching

    Mar 5, 2012
    Peterborough, Ontario
    not really sure if this is the right place, i haven't been here in ages. EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED!

    anyway, my boyfriend loves duck and my parents have a small hobby farm. my mum has been talking about perhaps getting ducks for meat for a bit, and i brought the subject up with my boyfriend the other night and he's all on board (of course he is aha). anyway, what breed would you guys suggest? i know muscovies are typically used in meat production but i was thinking maybe there were other breeds that have gained some popularity among small homesteaders.

  2. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Crowing

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    Pekin, 8 pounds by 8 weeks, good feed conversion

    Appleyard, 8 pounds by 10 weeks, more lean than Pekin, good feed conversion

    muscovy, takes then longer to grow to butcher size and i don't know the feed conversion, but it's pretty good.
  3. BoutrosBoutrosGalusGalus

    BoutrosBoutrosGalusGalus Chirping

    Jul 18, 2011
    san jose
  4. v.cyr

    v.cyr Songster

    May 4, 2010
    Greene, NY
    my family usually leaned towards swedes, or swede crosses...not traditionaly a "meat" duck, but decent...

  5. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Crowing

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    I find the Swedish to be very tasty, and they are nice because they are lean.

    They make for a much smaller carcass and they don't grow as fast.
  6. jdywntr

    jdywntr Songster

    Oct 31, 2009
    Somerville, AL
    I would say Muscovy but I am biased. Muscovy is more beef/veal like though. I'm growing out some Rouens now but it will be a few months yet.
    Pekin grow fast so costs would be lower. My muscovy don't seem to eat as much as other breeds I have had.
  7. Kelsey2017

    Kelsey2017 Songster

    Jan 30, 2011
    Two Harbors, MN
    For those of you that have replied about Swedes. Not to jack your thread OP but more info is great. I have four Swede drakes that have to go. I am wondering if 10 months old is too old to butcher. I really like them so if they are no longer good eating I will rehome them. They look like they will dress out around 4 lbs (just a guess). I tell you though if they are good eating it is easy to get more, the ducks breed and brood easily, and my daddy drake is a great father. These are just home bred ducks I got from a neighbor, they have some Rouen mixed in from a few generations back.
    edited to add: My ducks forage extremely well too and ate only some feed each morning. I think if I had fed them meat bird feed they would have been plenty big to butcher last fall.
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2012

  8. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Crowing

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    Yes, you can eat a 10 month old duck. It's the same as chickens. When they get older, you use a slow cooking method.
  9. CowgirlJules

    CowgirlJules Songster

    Mar 26, 2010
    Atwater, CA
    I just got my ten Jumbo Pekins today, for meat birds. I may keep back a couple for next year's birds, but we'll see.

  10. RoosterGeek

    RoosterGeek Songster

    Aug 31, 2010
    Lebanon, TN
    For meat duck production, it's hard to beat Pekins. I raised about 50 out last summer for some Chinese families and their growth is astounding. I'll be raising some more this summer. For feed conversion on ducks, you can't beat Pekins. And they were very hardy! Townline is the cheapest place I could find for ducks.

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