Where in the world?
Originating in China, they are now bred in every continent.
Pekins are the most common domestic duck – the adults are pure white and the ducklings are a cute yellow. Adult Pekin Ducks range in weight from 8-12 pounds and have a fast growth rate – making them an excellent choice for meat.
If fed a diet high in corn or alfalfa, the beak and legs in Pekins can become very bright orange in color. As the hen lays, though, she begins to lose that orange color as it is used in the coloration of the yolk of her eggs.
The Pekin duck originated in China and was introduced into the Americas in the 1870s.
Did you know?
Pekin baby ducklings are one of the cutest and most popular ducks for pets and were featured in the television series “Friends” and several Disney kid shows. The White Pekin breed is the type of duck used in making the AFLAC commercials and what Donald Duck was modeled after.