meat ducks, can you grow them not-too-fatty?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by patandchickens, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    I am posting here rather than in the ducks and waterfowl part of the forum so as not to horrify the pet duck crowd [​IMG]

    Does anyone know if you can grow not-so-fatty meat ducks? Could I do it by some particular method with common feed-store Pekins, or would it require having some funky breed that I would have to find a breeder or hatchery for? What would it entail? Anyone doing this?

    Thanks for any info,

    Pat
     
  2. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    raise muscovy ducks.. the males get very large and the meat is sooo yummy.. and there is not a great amount of extra fat..
     
  3. lisahaschickens

    lisahaschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    are you interested in the meat for yourself or to sell?

    I ask because duck fat is all the rage in the culinary world these days and it sells for a pretty penny. It is incredible for cooking all kinda of things - full of flavor. There's even a famous, high-end restaurant called "duck fat." So, for traditional French cooking and/or modern haute cuisine, the fat is a very desirable part and you wouldn't want to forego it... even a nice seared duckbreast from a high-end restaurant should have a beautiful layer of fat under the skin.

    On the other hand, if you are looking for meat for yourself and you'd prefer it less fatty, that's all cool and a personal choice. I thought I'd post because I know about the food end of things and wanted you to know that duck fat is valuable these days. I don't personally know anything about raising ducks or duck breeds, sorry.
     
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Just for myself [​IMG]

    Yes, I know that duck fat is a valued culinary thing, and I am not utterly opposed to it or anything, but the few store-boughten ducks I've had over the years have been SO MASSIVELY GREASY that I am concerned that half my feed bill would be going to produce duck-lard rather than meat! Much as I like a little dab o duck fat for some things, or even a whole bunch for confit, I really do not want to be paying for and growing it [​IMG] You know?

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  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Could I keep muscovies contained while I'm growing them, though? I don't have a pond, but I do have half a zillion raccoons, and I am concerned that anything that does not wish to get herded back into a locked duck house at night is not going to make it to my freezer.

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  6. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

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    Muscovies are not really "water ducks" like other breeds, ours are happy with a kiddie pool. And like the others have said they are a very lean duck.

    They can be contained, but the hens can fly, the drakes are to big. I don't see why you couldn't herd them or get them used to going in a house at night. Ours usually sleep under and around the chicken house.


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  7. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:I do anything I want wih my scovies

    they are easy to train to go into a coop. I have two hens that just cannot get over roosting with the chickens.. they sneak in whenever they can.. When left outside at night (rare) they roost off the ground like the turkeys do..

    My DW found a hen curled up with our blue healer dog on the deck night before last..

    be careful if you get muscovys, if you cannot butcher a "pet" or you will have way many more than you want to keep.. right folks??
     
  8. Brunty_Farms

    Brunty_Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    be careful if you get muscovys, if you cannot butcher a "pet" or you will have way many more than you want to keep.. right folks??

    That's funny because I have butchered thousands of chickens and turkey's.... I've done my fair share of ducks too but I always get attacthed to the ducks... every stinkin time!!

    They are so cool and have such a great personality... Mine get too freindly and follow me everywhere... I just hate when that day comes!!

    At my new place I have a pond and I can't wait until I get some baby ducks form TSC for just pets. Yep... pets.... ducks are my kryptonite....​
     
  9. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Ok, so I will consider muscovies [​IMG]

    What if anything are my other options? Any way to get a similar result with feedstore Pekins?

    Thanks all,

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  10. Brickman House

    Brickman House Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, you can get leaner meat from Pekins. Matter of fact, I was just reading this section of Holderread's book yesterday.

    Apparently, according to him, Pekins can become quite fatty and greasy when overfed and grown too fast. But if you grow them slower (lower % protein food) and limit their food, they stay leaner.

    Keeping them leaner is apparently healthier for them, if you keep them around, but the meat is healthier for you if you elect to butcher them.
     

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