I culled several ducks from the flock this past month, taking the total down to 11 hens and 3 drakes. Extra hens got sold, extra drakes went to freezer. I selected my keeper males this year for size – as a dual purpose breed, I am pleased with my birds as layers, but I’d like them meatier. There were some birds in the last generation who were growing up to be smaller than I liked, and I wanted to arrest the trend. It wasn’t easy – I was very fond of some birds who weren’t the best breeders for what I wanted.. and the best-marked weren’t necessarily the body type I was after… and so on. Work in progress.
Here’s the flock today (along with Guinness and Murphy, the American Buff geese)