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Looking to start growing fodder for my ducks and wonder where to start and what type is best for ducks.

 

Reason for wanting to grow fodder- long story short, had free ranging ducks on 4 acres, but now have a fischer cat and fox problem, have a pen, but for using a lot of water last year for the ducks to use and cleaning, it is just a dirt pit, and notice a major drop in egg production, expanding the pen this year and trying different methods for keeping their house clean, just want fodder so they don't sit in dirt/mud in the meantime, and something to munch on other than their pellet diet

Flock: 1 Peafowl, 1 Pekin, 3 Blue Swedish, 1 Black Swedish, 3 Mallard/swedish mixes
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Looking to start growing fodder for my ducks and wonder where to start and what type is best for ducks.

 

Reason for wanting to grow fodder- long story short, had free ranging ducks on 4 acres, but now have a fischer cat and fox problem, have a pen, but for using a lot of water last year for the ducks to use and cleaning, it is just a dirt pit, and notice a major drop in egg production, expanding the pen this year and trying different methods for keeping their house clean, just want fodder so they don't sit in dirt/mud in the meantime, and something to munch on other than their pellet diet

I typed in growing fodder and came up with this.  http://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=Growing+fodder

Hopefully this will answer some of your questions.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1037998/muddy-run-help-please#post_16017992

 

This is what I plan to do this year I'll be making 2 this way since I have chickens they won't be able to dig it all up.

and my ducks and geese will benefit from it also.


Edited by Miss Lydia - 3/10/16 at 6:13am

 Western N.C ~ 17 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 8 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

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 Western N.C ~ 17 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 8 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

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I use winter wheat seeds.  I have this setup.  You could do something similar - just get a shallow tray with holes in the bottom (that you can set somewhere that the drainage won't be a problem.

 

What I do is rinse the seeds in hot water, then soak them in lukewarm water overnight.  I spread them about a quarter to half inch deep in the trays.  I rinse them twice a day.  After a couple of days, roots sprout.  After a few more days, green leaves are up.  After a few more days, there is a mat of wheat grass.  You could then transfer that to their pen.

 

You can also sprout brassicas for them.

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