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Pekins-when to process them?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jenny_kap, May 9, 2011.

  1. jenny_kap

    jenny_kap Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just got 33 pekin ducks 2 days ago. It is the first time i have this kind of ducks. When are they ready to be processed? How big do they grow? For now, i have a 100 lbs bag of 20% protein food (this is what they gave me from the store and said this is what i need for them). I hope they don't grow as fast as the Cornish X chicken do. I see they eat the same tho.
     
  2. RedfogsFlock

    RedfogsFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We got our pekins last year in March and by the end of summer we were processing them, but did most of them early fall. It was just a weather preference for us due to the heat. They get big quick.
     
  3. jenny_kap

    jenny_kap Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. This is what i was thinking too, about 6 months... I don't know how big mine will grow, because, after i finish the food that i bought, i'll make my own food, cracked corn, wheat and sunflower seeds. I'll feed them fresh chopped alfalfa too.
     
  4. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    Between 6 1/2 to 10 weeks, when they are in full feather. If you miss that wait 10 more weeks until they are in full feather again.
     

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