Need Some Help on Pekin Duck Age and Weights

Baymule

Crowing
10 Years
Jul 1, 2010
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478
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Northeast Texas
~~I butchered 2 Pekins today. They are 7 weeks old and dressed out to 3 pounds each. I have read a lot about Pekins lately and I think they should have weighed more. I have been feeding a 20% crumble for ducklings. I guess I should have waited a few more weeks, but they are supposed to be ready to butcher at 7-12 weeks. I guess I'll have to put up with them a little while longer. Has anybody kept up with age/weight for slaughter? What is the average weight of Pekins?

I am really ready to get rid of these ducks. They are making a swamp in the back yard. They are entertaining, but I got them to butcher and I am ready to get on with it. Everything I read said they are ready to butcher at 7-12 weeks. I will try another 2 of them next week. I keep feed in front of them, they have a tub to play in and I made a bucket and tub waterer for them, so they never run out of water. I pull dandelions out of the garden several times a day for them, plus they like the grass and weeds I pull too. I just do a little each day, instead of getting the whole garden done in a day.

Anybody raise Pekins for the freezer and what age did you butcher and what were the weights? I would really appreciate feedback on this, it would be a big help.
 

Baymule

Crowing
10 Years
Jul 1, 2010
2,141
478
286
Northeast Texas
Is there anybody that has raised Pekins for slaughter that can help me with age and slaughter weight? I am a little disappointed in the slaughter weight of 3 pounds at 7 weeks old. I am ready to git 'er done and send these guys to freezer camp. But if they are going to go through a sudden growth spurt in a week or two, it would be worth waiting for. They have grown like mad since I got them at a couple of days old. Will they put on more weight in a couple more weeks or will they really slow down and keep eating their heads off?

Anybody?
 

5 Acre Rooster

Songster
6 Years
Apr 18, 2013
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North Missouri
I only raise pekins for eggs. Never for camp. Check you feed to see if its for "meat" ducks. I thought (But not sure) that they were suppose to have a slightly higher protein, but could be wrong. I mixed my own when I raised them and averaged 22%. But never worried about weight, just healthy ducks. Also remember even with CX chickens the time frame is 5-8 weeks. The youngest will be small Cornish hen size. Not full size birds. You may have to wait a few weeks for a "good" sized duck.
 

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