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Turkey or Muscoveys for raising meat birds?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by kaumlauf, Jan 5, 2014.

  1. kaumlauf

    kaumlauf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone want to weigh in on which are easier/more profitable to raise from hatchlings for home consumption? Turkeys or Muscovey ducks? It would just be for feeding our family- not a large farm.Thank you-
     
  2. kaumlauf

    kaumlauf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    any input is helpful-
     
  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    If you live in an area with a large percentage of Indians, I'd say Muscovy ducks, they love them for their curries. I have customers that are willing to drive over an hour and pay $35 for a six month old drake.

    -Kathy
     
  4. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    I agree with Kathy. Ducks are easier.
     
  5. Fat Man

    Fat Man Out Of The Brooder

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    Since Muscovy ducks can be processed at 10 weeks you can probably get more meat with the ducks in smaller packages.
     
  6. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Most of my customers want them at least six months old, can't hardly give them away until then. [​IMG]

    -Kathy
     
  7. Fat Man

    Fat Man Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't raise them, that's just what a search said of the age. We do bunnies for meat. [​IMG]
     
  8. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    Muscovy are much hardier than turkeys. They have really lean meat and fly well. Turkey poults have to be more coddled than Muscovy ducklings. On the other hand turkey eggs are easier to hatch in the incubator than Muscovy eggs. I never had luck hatching those. But I had two momma 'scovys hatch 29 between of them.
     
  9. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    I cannot hach muscovy eggs in my incubator, though I know of others that do; my broody muscovy hens do the job and I get far better hatch rates.

    What are you planning to feed them??? I live on a pc of property that allows the ducks to free rangs all day and we teach them to go in a coop at night. THese are not as domesticated as dealing with turkeys. THey don't like to be caught nor held so we leave the coop door open until they coop themselves up-- took many weeks of catching and puting into coops to teach them.

    I like that they are quiet and don't need to answer like the turkeys.

    They need water, if only a bowl most days. We use a kiddy sand box to fill with water for a bath.

    I raised my ducklings in a plastic tote-- as water spilled I added more straw to keep them from sleeping in the wet-- then dump the tote once a week. THis was because I brooded in the house. You miight have other options.

    Freeranging my birds gather what ever food they want around the farm, and have access to pellets. In that reguard they are better than turkeys. DUcks dabble under the leave litter looking for goodies. My turkeys wait to be fed, and occassionally eat grass.

    Both taste good!!
     
  10. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    You're right, the ducklings are much hardier than poults.

    -Kathy
     

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