Scientific name: Anas platyrhynchos domesticus
Other common names: Peking Duck; Long Island duck
The Pekin duck is one of the earliest domesticated duck breeds. It was originally bred from the Mallard, and has been farmed in Beiging, China since 2500 BC. The Pekin was introduced to the United States in the late 1800s, where the breed was quickly accepted. Today, the Pekin is the most common duck raised in the States, and is raised around the world by farmers, pet owners and waterfowl fanciers alike.
Uses: Eggs, Meat, Pets
Personality: Calm, easy going and friendly
Suitable housing: Free range during the day, or a large pen
Capable of flight: No
Weight: 8 - 12 lbs
Broody: Very rarely
Noise level: Loud
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: White, Blue
Meat production: Excellent meat bird
What else you should know:
Over the years, many Pekin ducks will develop black patches on their bills. This is no cause for alarm.
Most Pekin hens lay white eggs, but about 35% lay blue.
substantial growth rate, Free range, Great layers, rich flavour meat, wonderful temperament
infection called bumblefoot, protective housing, feces, daily brooder cleanings, intense odor
docile pets, fresh eggs, mobile pens, decoy eggs
Wet Weather Friends
Pekin ducks are so much fun to have around the farm! We acquired ours when they were just day-olds and had no idea how big they were going to get. The Pekin is a beautiful snowy-white color, with big yellow feet. They are mild-mannered as a rule which make them easy to care for.
When we kept Pekins, we didn't pen them in, but just kept a kiddie pool constantly filled with fresh water that they could swim and play in. They preferred to be in the pool rather than anywhere else on the farm. We often chopped up vegetables and threw them into the pool to let the Pekins dive for the tasty bits. The only draw back to keeping a pool available for ducks is that it has to be cleaned out every 2-3 days or it will start to get really dirty.
Pekins grow fast and have a lot of excellent meat on their bones. They lay very large rich eggs that are good for baking and cooking. Not all people like the taste of duck eggs, but my family loved them. A pound cake made with 5 or 6 duck eggs is the sweetest, richest cake you can imagine.
Females are generally very good mothers. Males are protective of the females and young. They form tight family bonds and usually stay close together.
If you have the room for them, Pekins are very good farm pets to keep and are quite enjoyable to observe. On top of that, a freezer full of duck meat is a treasure to have..
From thegunslinger Jul 24 2015 8:46PM
The ducks of awesomeness
The only reason why I do not have these ducks anymore is that you tend to fall in love with them and it hurts when you have to slaughter them. Fact
I had a couple of ducks, normally we are more of a chicken family but ducks and geese have always been there, these ones were the first that totally belonged to me. Let me make it simple for you, if you like lots of color and patterns on your animals, these ones are not for you, if you like them simple and elegant looking, these are the ones to pick. They are no mallards when it comes to looks but they are beautiful in their very own way.
The chicks stayed with me in my room, they had a little nice box filled with straw and they used to sleep in it. They thought of me very quickly as their leader/mother and it was a nice feeling to have. The would happily walk after me where ever i would go and when you are a pet owner and the pet gives you attention back, that is probably the most meaningful moment of your owner life.
They need to be fed properly, any big store will have the bird food that the require, check your local stores and keep the food available. Even when they grow up, it is still better to give them food off the shelf, they are not very good at finding their own food. The more they grow, the more guard dog tendencies they develop, noisy when they feel danger or next to a new person.
We did not build them anything to live in the yard, they lived in a pen like structure right next to the door, so they would do their swimming and stuff and than sit in the evening at the door and quack happily. Very adorable ducks, once we had some people over for dinner and the ducks were standing right in the door not letting the strangers come in. I had to intervene and calm them down to let the guests through.
They are good meat producers, although the efficiency to convert feed in to meat may not be very high. There are breeds available who are better at foraging and hence tend to be cheaper in the long run. They are not very good layers and brooding is not some thing the female really fancies. They become very excited if you walk with them and keep following you where ever you go. Very nice with other farm animals as well, do not get in to useless fights over territory, are not scared of bigger animals and do not disturb little chicks or smaller birds.
They do have a habit to poop a lot and since we were keeping them by the door, we had to keep cleaning the place, no fault of the ducks though. Their commercial value is higher than the poop that they produce so it is not a deal breaker
An amazing bird to have and if you want to venture in to getting ducks, here, start from this breed.
From ZakHades Jul 16 2014 5:24AM
So, strange story, one day we go outside to feed our flock of ducks and find a Pekin has joined in for dinner time. Now keep in mind, I raise Muscovy ducks and enjoy their quiet nature... this Pekin was very loud. I would wake up in the mornings with her quacking under my bedroom window. We looked nearby for her owner but no one seemed to know her so I believe she was dropped off with us because we keep ducks. She ended up making a very good dinner in the end..
From tygermystyc Mar 23 2015 8:54AM