What is the fate of your ducks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Kathy farms, Mar 22, 2015.

  1. Kathy farms

    Kathy farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This may perhaps been discussed somewhere in BYC; but I've been meaning to ask, do you keep your ducks as pets or for meat? I started keeping muscovies to be used for meat, but coming to BYC, it seems most people on here are keeping their ducks as pets...reading all the nice stories and watching my ducks grow, I'm beginning to wonder if I can eat them.
     
  2. tdd2

    tdd2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pets here, just love the little's!

    Freezer camp just isn't in their futures...
     
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  3. needlessjunk

    needlessjunk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are for eggs and are pets. I have nothing against raising them for meat but I would have a hard time culling mine. I think I could cull chickens easier though. For some reason ducks are just plain cute and cuddly.
     
  4. Skyfire

    Skyfire Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pets! I eat mostly vegetarian diet. A couple of nights a week I have fish. Lucky for the birds, 'eh? :)
     
  5. Magpie-ah

    Magpie-ah Out Of The Brooder

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    Definately pets. :)
     
  6. seashoreduck

    seashoreduck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A mix.

    I got 11 from Metzer and at most keeping 7. The 4 that I do cul will be the welsh males and the screetchy one who I immagine is a female.

    One is to be a guard duck/tick eater (male) the rest are going to be my layers and tick eaters.
     
  7. jtn42248

    jtn42248 Overrun With Chickens

    Any animal that settles on our farm does so with a retirement plan in place. If something should happen to us while they are still alive we have made arrangements with a local rescue group to take them in for the remainder of their lives.
     
  8. Kathy farms

    Kathy farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's true, it seems easier to cull chicken. It could be the bonding issues with them...unlike having ducks, they're cute!
     
  9. PotatoWaffles

    PotatoWaffles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My fiancé and I are hand raising ducks this year in hope that they raise their own ducklings next year, and then we would use those for meat. I know I can't eat the ones I raised, and we'll see about future babies. They might be too cute!
     
  10. Kathy farms

    Kathy farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh yes, they're definitely lucky...occasional troubles for the fish though, lol.
     
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