Originally Posted by CyndiD
Amiga; sorry if i wasnt clear. you mentioned in your post about feeding a "starter" crumble mixed w/oats. my Q is, can older ducks (any age) eat a "starter" feed? i thought a starter feed was only for the first few months of life?
then you replied to my post about using "flock raiser", i was using flock raiser for all my ducks when they were 2months and older, then people were saying that flock raiser was too high in protein for young ducks. so i switched to "grower finisher", and then wahen (some of) my ducks/hens started laying that is when i added the layer pellets to the grower finisher feed.
you mentioned wetting the feed, i will try this and see if they eat more of the feed, rather than it ending up in the bottom of the water dish.
thank you for your reply and for your encouragement. i appreciate you. Can you tell me what you feed your ducks?
Hi, CyndiD, my understanding is that starter crumble is for the first 2 to 3 weeks. At your ducks' ages, I don't think it's the best thing for them.
It can be tough to get input from others because there are so many ways people feed. My overall aim is to provide the best combination of a wide variety of nutrients to the ducks and that changes based on their age, whether they are laying or molting or recovering from an injury, if it's hot or cold outside.
I fee my flock (9 nearly 6 year old Runner Females, 3 Buff females about the same age, a Buff drake same age, and a one year old Black East Indie) primarily Countryside Organic layer. Yes, someone's going to say not to feed that to a drake, and I would have a few years ago agreed, but I have talked to a vet and other experienced duck people and I don't think the risk is very high for him. We also sometimes have Mazuri Breeder. I give a tiny bit of dry cat kibble - Eagle Pak, good quality - especially in winter, when molting. I provide free choice oyster shell on the side for the Buffs, as the Runners don't seem to eat it. Go figure.
In winter, I provide sprouted wheat seeds as a treat, and regularly I give thawed frozen peas for treats.
I have used oats to reduce protein when the Runners were little.