The Pekin Ducks are most famous for its commercial use, appearing on Chinese food menus around the World. Most of the meat produced in the UK is in fact from a hybrid cross with Aylesbury ducks. These birds are often used because they produce a high quality tender meat by about 8 weeks of age. In the U.S the Pekin is sometimes called the Long Island Duck’ since the first imports into America in 1873 arrived at Long Island, New York. The majority of duck eaten in the US is Pekin Duck. The Pekin first appeared in the UK during the 1870’s and was imported from China and like all domestic ducks (with the exception of the Muscovy) is a descendant of the Wild Mallard.
Both bill, legs and webs are bright orange. The feathers are cream in color. European Pekins have an upright carriage, almost like a penguin, however, the standard for Pekin Ducks does vary between countries. The American Pekin is not as upright as the European Pekin. Most of the Pekins found in the UK today have German origins where they have been imported by breeders over the last 100 years or so.
The Pekin Ducks are like mini Runner Ducks with quite an upright stance but they have a slight chubby appearance. They are the perfect caricature of a duck with a bright yellow bill, orange shanks and toes and the ducklings are a bright yellow color. The Pekins are quite common. These ducks have become very popular to farm as they grow quite quickly, are hardy, highly fertile and one of the largest size ducks. They are friendly calm ducks that are quite easy to train, however, they are one of the noisiest breeds to keep.
Uses: Utility: meat.
Eggs: 60 to 140 White Eggs.
Weight: Drake: 11 lbs. Duck: 8 lbs.
Useful to Know: Feathering is fairly soft so avoid too much mud. One of the most influential breeds in the commercial market for producing meat for the table.
Domesticated ducks are raised for meat, eggs, exhibition, pets and down. All varieties of domesticated ducks are descended from the mallard, apart from the Muscovy duck, which seems to be a breed of it’s own.