We've put together several frequently asked questions regarding live production for breeders (per hen day) and meat ducks (average performance including mortality and condemnations).


What is breeder mortality?

45 week livability is 90%; 50 week livability is 88%

When are the first eggs set?

First egg is seen by week 22 and can be week 20-21 in imprint hens. Egg size, quantity and quality will determine set date, typically seen between week 24-26.

What are the EPH?

5.88 for 50 weeks of lay

How many quality day-olds per hen are produced?

242 day-olds for 50 weeks of lay

How is potable water provided?

We recommend non-drip nipple drinkers at a density of 5 ducks per nipple.

Meat Ducks

What is the FCR, live weight and age to plant average over the entire year?

FCR - 1.78; Live Weight - 3.11 kgs; Age to Plant - 35 days

What is the Carcass Yield?

73-74% (whole body duck with giblets, manually processed)

What is the feeding program?

2 Stage, Starter/Finisher

What is typical farm condition?

Raised flooring, nipple drinkers, curtain ventilation with wide temperature variation

What is the meat duck density and how many flocks per year?

Stocking Density: 5.5 ducks/m2 on litter; 6.0 ducks/m2 on raised flooring

Flocks Per year: 8 flocks with a 7-day clean out period between flocks

What other operational performance or consumer advantages do Maple Leaf Farms meat ducks provide?
  • More lean meat yield, less fat and less skeletal waste.
  • More sustainable production with less environmental impact per kg of lean meat produced.
  • More desirable consumer preference for more edible lean meat and less fat/bone waste.
What are the commercial advantages of the Maple Leaf Farms White Pekin meat ducks?
  • This varies by location feed cost, utilities, labor and other factors.
  • Higher feed and farm overhead cost production models will see greater advantages.
  • Higher value-added processing will see more benefits from greater meat yield.
How do these advantages drive cost and profit?
  • More live weight through the farms in less time reduces both overhead and unit cost.
  • Higher plant yield reduces finished unit cost down.
  • Lower FCR impacts feed cost that drops directly to the bottom line.