Our Alina Duck is a special French breed of duck that naturally grows more slowly than commercially raised ducks. We raise our birds in our arena-style coops, giving them plenty of room to exercise and move about at our farm in Cayuga, New York.
This ultra-rich Duck grows to market weight in approximately 8 ½ weeks (about 2 ½ weeks longer than commercially raised ducks), and is fed corn that we grow on our own farms. In this extra growing time the duck achieves a succulent squab-like flavor not found in other ducks. It eats like a Muscovy.
Our air chilling procedures ensures you receive 100% Duck, no water added during chilling, and a longer shelf life than water-chilled Ducks. Federal Law allows water absorption of up to 10% of carcass weight, so if it’s not air-chilled you could be buying up to 10% water.
Our Birds have a skin that crisps golden brown every time.
This is the duck that Next Restaurant in Chicago chose, after tasting over 20 different ducks before discovering that the Alina was the duck that they needed. They chose to use our duck on their opening menu “PARIS 1906-Escoffier at the Ritz”. They have also used the Alina Duck on other menus since.