questionscan a pekin duck fly?

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Not very far or very fast it seems. Must be the sauce that weighs them down. ;)

Obviously, Pekin and Peking ducks are two separate types of ducks? Google shows me white ducks when I look for images.

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@lavikinga: Peking is another "older English" word to describe the capital of China, Beijing. It is not a type of duck unless you're just talking about someone in Beijing cooking a special flavor of duck -- like Buffalo Wings named after Buffalo, NY.

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@cengland0: I knew about the English mis-translation of Beijing, What I didn't know was what a pekin duck looked like. Lo, and behold, it looks like what I've always thought was a plain ol' white domesticated park duck. The duck that shows up on all the crap one sees at small town craft fairs. A DUCK duck.
I've never seen one soar but have seen them get off the ground a good couple of feet like a chicken and roost on a flat surface.

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The ones my dad used to raise could only fly very short distances and could not get up very high. They were pretty much the same as the chickens he has in that way. The majority of domestic fowl are not capable of sustained flight due to the way that they have been bred over the years.

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@lavikinga: Interesting that you say it's a typical duck. It's what you see in commercials (Aflac) and at parks. However, these ducks are not native to North America. They were brought over from China to New York in 1873. Now, 95% of all ducks eaten are Pekin ducks.

What is really weird is that these white ducks were bred from Mallards which are not white but are very colorful instead -- at least the males. The females are completely brown. Mallards can fly.

Is it possible that the farmers selected pekin ducks to raise because they cannot fly away? Or, did they pick them because the are bigger than mallards?

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By the way, I'm asking this question because I had 6 of these ducks as pets until my homeowners association made me get rid of them. So I let them go and they discovered the lake across the street. Now I cannot find them no matter how hard I look around the lake.

I asked several of the neighbors that have lakeside property and they have not seen the ducks recently either.

I was curious if they could have flown away but I've never seen them fly while they were my pets.

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Nope, they can't fly. Too fat. Likely someone rescued them and they are at a shelter (or they got eaten by a larger, hungrier animal.)

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@jrpigman: But how do you know they are too fat to fly? Has someone done an experiment where they drop them from their roof to see if they land safely? Or, are you just saying that because you've never seen one fly?

This falls into the Black Swan theory if you know what that is. Just because I haven't seen one fly does that mean they cannot fly?

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@cengland0 Well I haven't seen all Pekins on earth, but I do raise ducks and they are on the "don't need to clip the wings" list. Generally, meat ducks are built like chickens, which is to say they are bred to have big meaty breasts, disproportionate to their wings. Layers may or may not be able to fly, because they were bred for the number of eggs they produce a year, not for the size of their various cuts. Wild (undomesticated) ducks can generally always fly, as they are 'bred' to migrate twice a year.

EDIT: Except Indian runners. They don't migrate because they live in the East Indies, and it's nice for ducks all year, so they run instead.

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@cengland0: Dropping them from the roof? Shades of the Thanksgiving episode of WKRP In Cincinnati. http://www.kewego.com/video/iLyROoafYtDe.html

I've always been fond of the little white ducks. One of the retention ponds at home (Florida is all about water conservation even on a flood plain) is chock full of some of the ugliest ducks. They're Muscovy (?) ducks. The ducklings are adorable & usually I can find a pretty patterned one amongst them, but this year's batch takes the prize in sheer unattractiveness of markings.

I'm about to head down to my Dad's pond where we have mallards, wood ducks, and some Canadian Geese, eh, that visit while passing though. Currently, there's nothing but an annoying "Fisher bird" and some very nosy Sunnies. 95 degrees and the day ain't close to being over. Ugh.

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@cengland0: As others have said, they fly very little, if at all. They're bred to be tasty, not to fly. I like duck very much; it's one of my favorites. Duck is very fat, and the skin needs to be pierced multiple times, and then cooked on a rack. Crackling duck (an addictive favorite, when visiting the various US Chinatowns) is cooked on a revolving rotisserie, and usually in the vertical, rather than horizontal, as most home rotisseries operate.

I've heard they make good pets, and are quite affectionate, in their way. Too bad about your homeowner's association, though.

Glad I don't live in one of those things. I love hearing the competitive rooster calls in the morning, and the evening. One starts up (to the west of me), and the other answers (to the southeast). They keep it up for about half an hour, and then it goes silent. Must be feeding time. ;-}

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I saw a peanut stand, heard a rubber band,
And seen a needle wink its eye
But I be done seen about everything
When I see a pekin duck fly
When I see a pekin duck fly

I've seen a front porch swing, heard a diamond ring
I've seen a polka dot railroad tie
But I be done seen about everything
When I see a pekin duck fly

I saw a clothes horse rear up and buck
And they tell me that a man made a vegetable truck
I didn't see that, I only heard
Just to be sociable, well, I'll take your word

I heard a fireside chat, I saw a baseball bat
And I just laughed till I thought I'd die
But I be done seen about everything
When I see a pekin duck fly

But I be done seen about everything
When I see a pekin duck fly
When I see a pekin duck fly

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@shrdlu: About roosters, it's not our homeowners association that would forbid them, it's the city ordinance. We are not zoned for barnyard animals but strangely enough, we could have a couple chickens as long as they are not roosters.

And yes, my homeowners association has designated chickens as a nuisance too. We are allowed to have 2 pets, one dog, one cat, one bird, or any combination of those up to two. No pitbulls allowed.

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@no1: Hey, that is an awesome poem. Did you make that up just now for this question or has it always existed? Know who the original author is? And thanks for sharing.

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@cengland0: Psst. He just redid "When I see an elephant fly" from Dumbo. Just so you know. :-D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEJANXKXiXY

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@cengland0: oops, sorry, wasn't trying to trick any1, just trying to be amusing and tugging on nostalgia at the same time. i thought the original song was famous!

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