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Wondering what kind of things I could give my ducks as a kind of treat? Also, I've noticed they don't seem to eat a lot of their feed? Should I be concerned or is this normal? They are on dumor(I think that's what it's called?) grower/finisher. One last question lol, any tips for getting them to be more friendly? They're very skittish and shy.
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I also have trouble getting my ducks to eat there feed...Its normal they prefer bugs that they find while searching the grass. Just make sure they have access to lawn/outdoor area where they can access grass and find bugs. A great treat are the dried mealworms and mine love corn. A great way to get a friendly bond with your ducks is to give them treats when they see you so they always associate you with good things :thumbsup

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If you're letting your ducks free range, they're going to eat worms, bugs, snakes, frogs, spiders and grass more than the food you leave for them.  And that's not such a bad thing, much cheaper!  Fresh water is the key to always have available.  As far as treats, there's a thread here that was just added a few days ago.  There are tons of things you can give as treats.  Here are just a few of the treats we give - dried meal worms come in first place.  Probably their favorite.  Peas are another; watermelon and other gourds cut open so they can get to the yummy insides.  Koi fish food tossed in their pool / pond is another great treat.  That's the few we rely on, but certainly not the extent of all the treats suitable for ducks.

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Is it ok to eat the eggs from the ducks that live at the college pond? They have been there for years and the Pekin duck has laided about 20 eggs since 4-21-16 and I checked the first 6-7 eggs and they were not fertile so does that mean the rest are not fertile? She has a big white goose that protects her from the canadian geese that fly in and out and over the years there has been male and female Mallards  that use the pond for temporary usage. Currently there are 4 male Mallards and one small female and then the usual White goose and pekin duck that stays year around. I have been feeding them everyday for two years.

I kept finding egg shells that the other critters must have eaten her eggs so I found her nest and have been taking her daily egg and replacing them with my son's Easter eggs.

What should I do? I have about 10 eggs right now,....anyone?????

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Wondering what kind of things I could give my ducks as a kind of treat? Also, I've noticed they don't seem to eat a lot of their feed? Should I be concerned or is this normal? They are on dumor(I think that's what it's called?) grower/finisher. One last question lol, any tips for getting them to be more friendly? They're very skittish and shy.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/242460/the-ultimate-list-of-duck-treats-and-supplements

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Is it ok to eat the eggs from the ducks that live at the college pond? They have been there for years and the Pekin duck has laided about 20 eggs since 4-21-16 and I checked the first 6-7 eggs and they were not fertile so does that mean the rest are not fertile? She has a big white goose that protects her from the canadian geese that fly in and out and over the years there has been male and female Mallards  that use the pond for temporary usage. Currently there are 4 male Mallards and one small female and then the usual White goose and pekin duck that stays year around. I have been feeding them everyday for two years.

I kept finding egg shells that the other critters must have eaten her eggs so I found her nest and have been taking her daily egg and replacing them with my son's Easter eggs.

What should I do? I have about 10 eggs right now,....anyone?????

Since she's not entirely under your care, I would be a little hesitant to eat them.  You could candle them to see if there is any development.  The older eggs probably would not have anything going on at this point, I would think.  I am not a hatcher.

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I raise ducks. If you are feeding a crumble based pellet, they prefer it moistened, where it looks just wet. I have others that like it wetter like an oatmeal. I also found that my geese will not eat pellets. And ducks favorite treat? We use the catfish pond food, every night, we throw it on the pond and they scoop it up buddy. I also put a handfull a day when in nesting cage. And frozen green peas. Mine don't like frozen, warmed but not cooked. I also give them one cup of fermented oats twice a week. All my birds go nuts for it. It helps create prebiotics that protect their probiotics.
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