Raising Ducks For Meat
Raising Ducks For
Meat - What Duck Breeds Are Ideal?
In the United States, more than twenty million
ducks are raised annually for meat production. Well, ducks are great animals
which do not require much attention and are inexpensive to rear. They do not
need expensive housing, and they can come through almost any climate. They can
eat various foods, including small toads and snails. They even help fertilizing
the soil and getting rid of bugs and weeds. They are also better than chickens
when it comes to health and lifespan. Ducks do not get easily affected by avian
diseases, and they tend to live longer. So, there is no reason why people should
raising ducks for meat.
Anyway, those who are veterans in
raising ducks for meat know that Rouen, Pekin,
and Muscovy ducks are the finest. These are actually three of the most popular
breeds of ducks. They grow larger than the other breeds. Most of them also lay
fewer eggs to build bigger body frames. The Pekin, specifically, provides
scrumptious white meat that is good for maintaining a healthy diet. Its feathers
are white, and it grows fast. It can grow from six to seven pounds in just seven
weeks if it is fed properly. It doesn't fly, though. So, it does not waste
energy on flying. Hence, it is able to build a larger frame. However, you must
protect it from foxes, dogs, and other predators.
Another good duck breed is the Rouen. People raising ducks for meat often refer
to it as the bigger Mallard. These ducks were originally bred in France. Unlike
Pekin ducks, Rouen ducks are good layers. In fact, they can lay up to one
hundred and fifty duck eggs each year. Nonetheless, breeders only choose the
Rouen ducks that lay fewer eggs; because these are the ones that produce better
meat. Furthermore, breeders who are raising ducks for meat keep Muscovy ducks,
Muscovy ducks are self-sufficient and fuss-free ducks to have. They do not quack
but they make hissing sounds. They are semi-wild, and they make great foragers
when grown. They also fly strongly, yet they do not leave home. Unlike the Pekin
ducks, they grow rather slowly. Nonetheless, Muscovy ducks also provide good
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