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Can you feed ducks fodder?

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Pretty self explanatory, but if you can... when can you start? Can you start when they are ducklings? Thanks!
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Pretty self explanatory, but if you can... when can you start? Can you start when they are ducklings? Thanks!

We feed our ducks fodder. We started pretty early on as ducklings, about 1 and a half weeks old I think. Our fodder for the ducks is shorter than regular fodder, closer to sprouts.

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What do you sprout for the duck fodder?  I sprouted some wheat but it got a little too long, do you think that if I cut it down it's safe to feed?  I heard about longer fodder causing sour crop in chickens.

 

But I would like to know what you are sprouting.

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As long as ducklings are getting a tiny bit of chick sized grit at least a few days before they get something like fodder, they should be okay with it - and as long as it's just a small percentage of their food intake.

 

I did not think about fodder when mine were little - I do pretty much what dan26552 does - pretty much sprout it.

 

If you chop up the fodder into tiny bits it ought to be okay - I used to chop up lettuce and greens very finely and put it in cool water for a treat for the ducklings - they loved it!  It was like cold lettuce and dandelion soup:lol:

 

Here is my fodder setup.

 

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I do know ducks can generally eat more then chickens, but I couldn't tell you anything else...
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Duckling can eat sprouts just fine.  I wouldn't feed them 6-9 day old fodder though, probably 3-5 days only where the greens are still tender and not as mature.

 

Instead of experimenting with fodder, why not try fermenting by lacto-fermentation first?

 

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How would I make my own duckling feed they can eat? I don't like feeding them processed food... or would I just need a adult duck to raise them?
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