When To Butcher Ducks

This is the breed most often raised for market, because the carcass is clean and they are ready to process at a young age. They are ready to butcher at 7 to 8 weeks, a very fast rate of growth…as fast as Cornish X meat chickens. You can butcher your ducks at any age, but they are much more tender when young.

A broiler is any chicken that is bred and raised specifically for meat production. Many typical broilers have white feathers and yellowish skin. Most commercial broilers reach slaughter-weight between four and seven weeks of age, although slower growing breeds reach slaughter-weight at approximately 14 w…


How long does it take to raise a duck for meat?

Like all other non-Pekin breeds they take longer to reach butcher weight — we have always raised them to 16 weeks, though some process them sooner — but their low feed conversion ratio, extensive foraging, and low maintenance make up for it. via

What age do you butcher Pekin ducks?

Pekin ducks reach slaughter weight of 8-10 pounds at 7 weeks of age which is similar to, or better than, the rate of return on meat chickens. As a homesteader, you will probably allow your flock to free-range forage and raise fodder or fly larva (check out the upcoming “F is for Fodder” post for more details). via

At what age is a duck fully grown?

Ducklings are fully grown in about 30 days. They require a long-term commitment from their owner, as they can live 10 years or longer. via

Can you potty train a duck?

No, you can not potty train a duck. Instead, you'll want to either: carefully consider which areas of your home you want your ducks to have access to; or. diaper your ducks. via

Do Pekin ducks need a pond?

Ducks don't need a pond to be happy, but they definitely enjoy splashing and paddling around in a kiddie pool. In addition to having a place to bathe, ducks need a deep enough water source to keep their mucous membranes moist. via

How long do Pekin ducks live?

Mature Pekin duck hens (females) weigh around 8 pounds. Mature drakes (males) weigh approximately 9 pounds. Jumbo Pekin ducks, a larger yet otherwise identical version of the breed, often his 12 pounds when they mature. The average lifespan of a Pekin duck is roughly eight to 12 years. via

What is the best duck to raise for meat?


Pekin and Muscovy ducks are typically the breeds of choice for meat production. Some hatcheries sell a “jumbo” Pekin which has been selected for meat production and is not good for exhibition purposes. Muscovy ducks are referred to as ducks, but they are, in reality, a separate species. via

How long do ducks live for?

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Do ducks mate for life?

Ducks do not form long-term pair bonds, but instead form seasonal bonds, otherwise known as seasonal monogamy, in which new bonds are formed each season. Seasonal monogamy occurs in about 49 percent of all waterfowl species. Each winter, the birds must find a new mate and establish a new bond for that breeding season. via

How long does it take a duck to reach full size?

Fast growing ducklings, like Pekins, reach full body size at 7 weeks and reach sexual maturity in 4-5 months. Some slower growing breeds, like Muscovy, take 7 months to fully mature. via

Can you walk a duck on a leash?

You can walk them on the leash to give them exercise; this will help to keep them healthy. Have a pet duck you'd like to take for a walk? via

Do pet ducks poop everywhere?

Ducks are Messy

Duck poop is liquid, and prolific, and they have no control over when they poop, and will poop everywhere. Even a small flock of ducks can generate a pretty large amount of manure. via

Can a duck live inside a house?

Please DO NOT keep a duck as a “house” pet. They are NOT suited to an indoor lifestyle. Although it may make you happy to keep your duck indoors, understand that you are being cruel to the duck, as they need to live outdoors. Ducks are highly social animals and this means they need other ducks to live with. via

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