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Should I worry??

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My ducks have started eating the pellets I put out for my big hens. Two of them are still pretty young. Should I worry about this and do something or is it okay??
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I do have chick starter set out for them and the smaller chickens.
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Hi! Looks like no one responded! How old are these little ones?

My first concern if they're young would be improper protein ratio and vitamin deficiencies. Also, is this a layer mix?

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My Flock: 5 ducks, 2 drakes - All Saxonies.

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Follow my flock on instagram and on my blog herouxpotager.com

 

My Flock: 5 ducks, 2 drakes - All Saxonies.

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None of my ducks will eat pellets. I tried really hard to encourage it.

 

I've read that ducklings shouldn't have layer feeds while they're growing because layer feed has too much calcium for their quickly growing bodies.

 

If they're experimenting with the big bird food  and still eating majority of their ration  it might be OK.

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Originally Posted by dotknott View Post

Hi! Looks like no one responded! How old are these little ones?

My first concern if they're young would be improper protein ratio and vitamin deficiencies. Also, is this a layer mix?

Hi! 3 of them are starting to lose their baby feathers and the other 2 are just a few weeks. The two younger ones follow the bigger ones around, so if the big ones are tasting the pellets, the littles are right there with them.
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None of my ducks will eat pellets. I tried really hard to encourage it.

I've read that ducklings shouldn't have layer feeds while they're growing because layer feed has too much calcium for their quickly growing bodies.

If they're experimenting with the big bird food  and still eating majority of their ration  it might be OK.

They don't seem to mind it. They will eat the pellets and the chick starter. I just don't want them to end up dying because they aren't eating their proper food. I keep both foods out, just so everyone has their food. The big hens love the chick starter as well, so in the mornings, I let the hens out and put the pellets out and feed the littles their starter and then I'll let the littles out into the run with the hens after about an hour.
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Here's a picture of one of the bigger ducks.
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