Process age on Muscovy ducks

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by vfem, May 18, 2011.

  1. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

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    I was planning on buying Ranger chicks to do some meat birds this year, then my muscovy goes and sits on some eggs unexpectedly so I think we're going to wait on the rangers and raise the ducklings for meat. I don't have room for anymore ducks to just eat and forage the property, plus I was told muscovy/pekin cross birds will be sterile and I won't get any eggs to make it worth it.

    So, at what age would I process these ducks for a good tender meat? (I don't know how many will hatch, but she's sitting on what appears to be 9 eggs. Hard to tell since she's under my neighbor's deck and I can barely get my head under to look.)
     
  2. srsmith69

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    I don't know the answer but I'm interested also. I currently have 42 Muscovy ducklings from 3 days old to 4 1/2 weeks old running around. Way too many.
     
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  4. ChickieBooBoo

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    Quote:They will lay eggs like any duck you just can't hatch them, I have a few crosses and they are very good layers.
     
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  6. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

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    Thank you for that info, looks like I will have Hinnies then... and will probably end up in the freezer anyways. I only have the 1 muscovy female and all my other ducks and drakes are pekins. They do free range 24/7 so that's a good thing to know I can possibly get more eggs, and no more babies. But since I have to 'easter hunt' for eggs anyways.... I prefer to know the one's I find are fertile for when I want to hatch.

    So I will be catching these little ducklings (probably in the next few days as we're at about 30 days, give or take a day) and housing them to fatten up!

    I guess I will just have to watch breast size to determine the time to process. [​IMG]
     
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  8. vfem

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