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Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by ThePigeonKid, Mar 23, 2012.
What is a good age to butcher Pekin ducks?
I found this:
8 weeks is the usual age to butcher Pekin.
You want to do it when they are fully feathered. Pin feathers are too much of a pain to remove.
You can also wait another 6-10 weeks and there will be another opportunity when they are fully feathered. However, you get your best gain for the food eaten if you butcher at 8 weeks. They will eat a lot if they live an additional 10 weeks, and they will get bigger, but not enough bigger to make it worth feeding them longer.