Your thoughts on adding Anoconas to a flock of Pekins

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Blondiega1, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. Blondiega1

    Blondiega1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, so I got too many pekin drakes and not enough hens.
    I've finally convinced by husband to let me add a few more hens to our small flock to keep the boys busy.
    There's a local farm that sells Anoconas.

    Bad idea to add them in with the Pekins?
    Would they mix okay?
    Should I just keep looking for Pekin hens?


    For the record, these are pets, not meat ducks.
    I'll eat the eggs or give them away as I have no desire for ducklings right now.
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    If Anconas are as big or at least as big as Pekin girls which I think they maybe close? they should be able to hold their own with your Pekin boys.
     
  3. Blondiega1

    Blondiega1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been reading up on Anoconas and my concern is the size.
    From what I've read, Anoconas average 6 lbs or so and I've never weighed them, but I bet me pekin drakes are closer to 10-12 lbs.

    Hoping a more experienced duck person than I am can give me some advice.
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    My muscovy drakes weigh anywhere from 10-12 lbs. and the girls weigh in at 3-5.
     
  5. Blondiega1

    Blondiega1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh wow!!
    And no issues in the size difference?
    I'd love to have some different breeds if it wouldn't be an issue.
    Thanks for the response!
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I have had Muscovy for 8 yrs and they seem to do fine breeding, The boys are very big but the girls seem to tolerate it fine. I think Pekins and Anconas would do fine together. Now don't run out the door and get them till you have heard from others. this is just my 2 cents. Forgot to say I have a really big Embden gander who has also mated with these ducks.
     
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  7. veronicasmom

    veronicasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow Miss L, your girls are tiny. I bet they are cute! My girls are probably at least 6 lbs, maybe more. They are big duckies. I had a Pekin and my scovy girls are larger than she was. Not by much, but a little bit bigger.
     
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    They are small veronicasmom, at least 3-4 of them, but I do have some that probably top out at 5-6 lbs. but they are still small compared to the big drakes, in comparison.
     
  9. Blondiega1

    Blondiega1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!
     
  10. Narragansett

    Narragansett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You're not comparing apples to oranges. Muscovies are a different species. Their behavior evolved to accomodate the differences in size of the sexes, long before they were ever domesticated. Wild Mallards on the other hand are closer in size. The changes in size among all of the breeds which they have been domesticated to create, has not yet resulted in a change in breeding instincts or behavior to catch up with it. Bottom line, Pekin males on average are too big for most so-called Ancona females on a long term basis, if you want the females to remain in good condition.
     

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