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Duckling food that's not so powdery?

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Sorry all, one more question. My 3.5 week old ducklings are currently on chick starter/grower (18% protein) food as no one around here sells waterfowl food that I can find. The problem is that all the chick crumbles I've seen have tons of powder in them and I think it's bothering the ducks noses. I can sift it out I guess, but that means I only get like half a bag of food out of it :/ Is this normal? Is there a better option for the little ones that wouldn't be so dusty?

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Is the water deep enough for them to clean out their nares? 

 

This food should be fine for them as a lot of people do raise ducklings on the same starter ( with some extra nacine(Totally butchered that word lol) and a bit more protein)  

 

If they can clean their nares it really isnt a  large problem. 

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A breeder of mallards(grey and black), Call ducks (2015 FINALLY!!!), (I also have a seabright and a bantam cochin)
I do not support the 4-h system
Jesus is the king rejoice!
NPIP certified
Reply
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Originally Posted by buff goose guy View Post

Is the water deep enough for them to clean out their nares? 

If they can clean their nares it really isnt a  large problem. 

It is. And they get a bath everyday but my Pekin especially still seems to be stuffy. It's been like this for at least a week and they don't look or act sick and are eating and drinking fine. It also seems my Pekin is not as fond of the water and so not as good about blowing out its nares as my other duckling. Though it seems to be picking it up more watching the other one.
Edited by shiningeyes - 3/30/16 at 12:59pm
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I would suggest wetting down the feed if they are not wetting it on their own. Ducks need their food wet to shovel and swallow it. They also need water that is deep enough to get their nostrils wet to keep them clean. Anything that clogs their nostrils is going to be a health risk. Also make sure the feed has enough niacin and that it is not medicated. I feed Purina Flock Raiser crumbles and wet them to an oatmeal consistency.
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