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Is my duck overweight? How much do you feed your ducks?

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She is laying every other day at the moment, and has a voracious appetite.  I like to spoil and dote on my pets so I tend to overfeed, but I don't want to make her have weight related health problems so I'm checking in!

 

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She is laying every other day at the moment, and has a voracious appetite.  I like to spoil and dote on my pets so I tend to overfeed, but I don't want to make her have weight related health problems so I'm checking in!

 

It is really hard to tell is a duck is overweight by a picture.  They are so fluffy!    How much does she weigh?

Learning through living with my 8 ducks -  1 Chocolate Runner, 1 Blue Runner, 1 Fawn and White Runner, 1 Khaki Campbell, 2 Welsh Harlequins and 2 Pekins
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Learning through living with my 8 ducks -  1 Chocolate Runner, 1 Blue Runner, 1 Fawn and White Runner, 1 Khaki Campbell, 2 Welsh Harlequins and 2 Pekins
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Ducks need alot of nutrition while laying and eat alot more during laying season. I'm sure your duck is fine, but the best way to assess body condition of a bird is by feeling their keel. There are many websites that describe how to do this. I haven't found one I like best to link people to, but this one's graphics seem pretty good in showing what the different body conditions will look/feel like: 

 

http://www.copdockmill.co.uk/PMFA/PSOM%20Bird%20Size-O-Meter%20Leaflet.pdf

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http://www.metzerfarms.com/articles/ducksandgeeseoverweight.pdf

 

Reading this is what got me thinking about it.

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