We raise Indian Runners Ducks (for the eggs) and Buff Orpingtons Ducks & BBW Turkeys for the meat. Next year, we're into Pekins - BIG TIME! We're giving each one of our neighbors a "Gourmet Christmas Duck" this week.
Ducks taste GREAT! The more good greens they get, the better they taste. Ours are fond of Clover (that little stuff that grows in your front lawn), grasses, lettuce, spinach, kale, popcorn - and bugs... The store bought variety were kinda bland, better than chicken, but lacked the mild flavor ours have (sorry, I can't describe it). Sort of like chicken with built in favor - not greasy nor gamey.
They are fun to watch, same as a chicken to butcher (just add soap to the scalding water), and simple to pluck & evascerate (sp). My bigger kids (5-15) did everything except dunking in the scalding water. Yes, one of them got really good with the knife. They can pluck a duck by hand in 2 minutes.
We have Muscovy ducks, very good eating. We skin them, much easier than picking. They can be used in any receipe that calls for beef. Muscovy ducks are very prolific, not at all unusual for a duck to hatch 15+ ducklings and ours lay almost every month of the year.
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