Pekin Ducks for Meat

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by gucciderulo, Feb 15, 2015.

  1. gucciderulo

    gucciderulo Out Of The Brooder

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    So I have been trying to find some research on raising pekins for meat. I have seen few things but not really much. I just ordered 20 ducklings from Ideal. This is my first year doing ducks for meat. What is the best time of feed for meat ducks? How much can I expect a single duck to eat between hatch and butcher date? What age is best to butcher pekins? I have read 7.5, 12, and 18 weeks? Whats the best for most meat to feed ratio? Sorry for all the questions, I am just curious how to save the most money.
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Do you have Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks? There is information in there.
     
  3. gucciderulo

    gucciderulo Out Of The Brooder

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    No I do not. I probably should get it. I didn't even think about that.
     
  4. flockman

    flockman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Least feed is used if you go with 7.5 weeks. That is what we do. I have had Pekins for meat and eggs for 3 years now.
     
  5. gucciderulo

    gucciderulo Out Of The Brooder

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    What weight are they usually then?
     
  6. TEXAS715

    TEXAS715 New Egg

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    Raise them up for 8 weeks.

    Will average about 22lbs of feed per duck.

    Hens will weigh about 6lbs. Drakes about 8lbs.
     
  7. circlecsranch

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    Is that dressed or live weight? I have 7 drakes getting ready for the freezer. They will be 11wks next week which is when we plan on processing out. I've also heard you want to process before they molt.
     

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