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post #11 of 14

I agree that it looks like a runner in the last picture. Did you get it at a feed store? If so do you know what hatchery they got the ducklings from? If it was from a feed store it's not likely to be a mix breed.

 

Like I said before it could be an Ancona in lilac, silver, or one of those type colors but I don't know if any hatcheries sell those verities. And I don't know enough about the genetics to know if color variations can just show up from two black and white Anconas pairing.

 

You really should check the protein percentage on your feed. I'm pretty sure gamebird feed is like 24-30% protein and that is WAY too high. Higher protein causes them to grow faster then they should which can cause bone structure problems.

post #12 of 14
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I got him at a farm supplies store where they just had a box of assorted ducks. I'm not sure what hatchery they came from. It really doesn't make a difference to me what breed he is, I would just like to know so I can take the best care of him as possible.

What would you recommend I do about the food? Should I just throw it away and buy waterfowl food or would mixing it with something else be just as good?

I'm sorry, these are my first two ducks and the place I bought them at gave me no information, and actually picked out the gamebird food for me when I bought them. The bag has a picture of a duck on it, actually. But said gamebird feed
Edited by nmeyer3 - 3/15/16 at 10:28am
post #13 of 14

When I need to reduce the protein levels in my feed I add oats. I think there are other grains you can add but that's what I use. You can use this calculator from Metzer to figure out how much of each you need to get the percentage you want http://www.metzerfarms.com/FeedConversion.cfm. I would aim for 16% at this age.

 

You will also want to make sure they get enough niacin (vitamin B). I'll look it up in my duck book when I get home later to see what it says they need. I don't know how much is in gamebird feed. Peas are a good source of niacin.

post #14 of 14

From what I understand the feed should provide 55 mg of niacin per kg. But if you add something to cut the protein you are going to reduce the niacin levels. To increase the niacin for my ducklings I added brewers yeast to their chick starter. One tablespoon per cup of food or 2-3 cups per 10 pounds of food.

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