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).
45 week livability is 90%; 50 week livability is 88%
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.
5.88 for 50 weeks of lay
242 day-olds for 50 weeks of lay
91% Fertility and 82% Hatch for 50 weeks of lay
We recommend non-drip nipple drinkers at a density of 5 ducks per nipple.
FCR - 1.78; Live Weight - 3.11 kgs; Age to Plant - 35 days
73-74% (whole body duck with giblets, manually processed)
2 Stage, Starter/Finisher
Raised flooring, nipple drinkers, curtain ventilation with wide temperature variation
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.