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Pekins are meat birds, however they do lay eggs.  Over the summer I was contacted by someone who had bought them as day old ducklings and decided after a few months’ ducks were not there cup of tea.  After a little bit of thought I decided to take in a drake and duck pair of 2 month old Pekins. 

My plan for the Pekins when I took them in was to over winter them, let them lay a few dozen eggs next spring, incubate, and hatch out the baby Pekin ducklings.  Essentially making these birds my breeding stock.    

Farm plans are always evolving.  And my Pekin duck plan is changing as well.  It turns out the duck (yes it's confusing that a female duck is also called a duck) has injured her leg.  She has been limping around trying very badly to keep up with her fellow quackers.  After a few days she was not getting any better. I decided to keep her in the hoop house in order to make sure she could rest her injured leg and hopefully recuperate. 

Unfortunately she hasn’t gotten any better.  I will give her a few more days to improve and hopefully she does, however I do now have a revised plan if she doesn’t.  If she doesn’t recover shortly the Pekins will be marked for the freezer and one for Christmas dinner.

Time will tell what happens, stay tuned to see what will happen.

 


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