Pekin ducks are the breed of choice for commercial breeders who raise flocks to sell for meat. The Pekin grows quickly, attaining a weight of six to seven pounds in just seven to nine weeks. Other breeds, like Muscovy and Rouen, tend to take at least five months to reach a similar weight. Expect one Pekin duck to consume about 20 to 25 pounds of commercial duck feed in the amount of time it takes to reach a marketable weight.
How to Feed a Peking Duck
Sniff commercial duck feed before you feed it to your Pekin ducks. Discard if it smells moldy or otherwise spoiled. Ducks develop health problems from even small amounts of mold.
Offer your ducks pellets at all times. Do not restrict access to food; the ducks will eat as much as they need. Check the food supply twice daily and replenish as needed.
Give Pekin ducks up to two weeks old a starter diet that consists of pellets no larger than 1/8-inch in diameter. Place the pellets on a rough surface like cardboard for the first week to help avoid leg injuries. After two weeks, place the pellets in a shallow dish.
Feed your Pekin ducks a grower diet after they are two weeks old. This consists of commercial pellets that are about 3/16-inch in diameter.
Let the ducks out to forage freely in good weather.