CLICK HERE for The Top-Rated & Best-Selling Health and Personal Care Products


Raising Pekin duck



Pekin ducks, also known as Long Island ducks, is a duck breed of domesticated ducks used largely for meat production. They can also be raised for their eggs but they are often raised by farmers for meat because they are capable of growing in a short period of time. The Pekin duck was bred from the Mallard duck in Peking, China (hence the name). The ancestors of these ducks originated from the water vessels which linked water canals in Nanjing, and originally had petite bodies and a jet black plumage.

With the relocation of the Chinese Capital to Peking (now Beijing), the supply barge traffic increased going to the new capital that would often spill grain, crops and other feeds during the barge trips, providing a great source of feeds to the ducks. As a result of this, the ducks gradually increased in size and grew white feathers. In five dynasties in China, the evolved species of Mallard ducks had been raised by Chinese farmers.

In 1873, nine ducks were exported from Peking to Long Island, New York, thus it is also called Long Island ducks. It is the most widely known duck meat in the United States, even though some farmers had relocated to Indiana from New York. Today, about 90% of duck meat consumed in North America is the Pekin Duck.

Hatching

Pekin duck eggs take around 28 days to hatch at an incubator with an environment of 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit and 60 per cent moisture. A heartbeat can normally be observed in the third day of incubation during candling. The duck eggs should be regularly turned during incubation. This is to imitate the natural turning of duck hens, as she shifts the position of the eggs while sitting on it for hatching. For artificial incubation, there are machines that can turn the eggs instantly.

When incubated artificially, the eggs are transferred to a hatcher at least three days before they are expected to hatch. This has a slightly decreased temperature and the percentage of moisture is increased, to add the level of survivability for the newly-hatched ducklings while their protective egg sheaths develop.

Compared to other poultries, duck eggs are quite easy to hatch as they are very adaptable in variations in warmth and moisture.

Fully matured adult Pekin ducks can weight about 8 to 11 lbs in confinement. The average lifespan is about 9 to 12 years. Their outer feathers are white, sometimes with a tinge of yellow or orange. This is clearer with ducks that have been brooded inside pens and not exposed constantly to sunlight. The ducks have increased upright posture than dabbling ducks, and have overturned remains.

A mature Pekin will produce an average of 150-200 eggs every year. They will normally lay an egg every day. They will lay eggs in what they think is a safe place and sometimes, where another duck has already laid their own. Ducks can be tricked into laying eggs when desired by placing a lure such as a golf ball or alike objects in a place where you want them to lay their eggs.







Menu


Selected Articles

How To Feed Fully Grown Ducks
Keeping Ducks As Pets
Keeping Ducks: Feeding And Behavior
Keeping Ducks As Poultry
Keeping Ducks: Breeding
Keeping Muscovy Ducks
Raising Pekin Duck
How To Raise Ducks In Your Home
Hatching Baby Ducks
Keeping Cayuga Ducks
Keeping Ducklings
Keeping Ducks For Meat
Keeping Ducks: The Top Duck Breeds
Keeping Ducks For Eggs
Keeping Ducks: The Mallard Breed
Keeping Ducks: Mating Systems
Keeping Crested Ducks
Keeping Baby Ducks
Keeping Black East Indies Ducks
Keeping Ducks: Frequently Asked Questions
Keeping Call Ducks
Keeping Ducks: Pinioning
How To Tell The Difference Between Male And Female Ducks
Two Respiratory Diseases Common To Ducks





Selected Articles


Keeping Crested Ducks With powder-wisp of feathers planted on the head, the Crested Duck is..


Keeping Muscovy Ducks More or less, duck farmers have stated that Muscovy ducks are very easy to raise..


Keeping Ducklings Hatching ducklings from fertilized eggs, is a rewarding way to..


Keeping Ducks: Breeding With about 22 million ducks being produced in the US every year..

Related News:

 
Ducks will go forward without Bruce Boudreau after coach is fired - Los Angeles Times

    

Los Angeles Times

Ducks will go forward without Bruce Boudreau after coach is fired
Los Angeles Times
But the postseason endings scarred the franchise and doomed Boudreau. "I didn't think it would be a good situation to go forward, and in no way shape or form is this pointing a gun at Bruce's head," Murray said. "Let's get that perfectly clear. But you ...
Anaheim Ducks Fire Bruce BoudreauHeadlines & Global News
Ducks' dynamic defense mixes youth and experienceToday's Slapshot
Bruce Boudreau is easily the top option to coach the Minnesota WildHockey and Wilderness

all 102 news articles »



After firing Boudreau, Ducks GM unloads on core players - NBCSports.com

    

NBCSports.com

After firing Boudreau, Ducks GM unloads on core players
NBCSports.com
“In keeping certain people, other people may have to go,” he explained, per the Associated Press. “That's what you get forced into. A couple of big contracts get signed, and you end up following because that's what you get pushed into, and that's what ...