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I have a very mixed flock. It consists  of 9 pullets 18 to 20weeks old, 3 pullets  8-9 weeks old, and 2 ducks 18 to 20 weeks. I am concerned about nutrition. I was wanting to continue feeding the flock raiser crumbles that they have been raised on and just add oyster shell seperatly for the layers but not sure if everyone will get the proper nutrition this way. Any thoughts?

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I'd suggest reading through the relevant threads in this link

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=can+ducks+eat+chicken+feed%3F

 

If you are still unsure, it maybe better to ask on the "Duck" forum - http://www.backyardchickens.com/f/42/ducks

 

All the best

CT

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I have a very mixed flock. It consists  of 9 pullets 18 to 20weeks old, 3 pullets  8-9 weeks old, and 2 ducks 18 to 20 weeks. I am concerned about nutrition. I was wanting to continue feeding the flock raiser crumbles that they have been raised on and just add oyster shell seperatly for the layers but not sure if everyone will get the proper nutrition this way. Any thoughts?

I feed a 20% flock raiser type to all birds all the time, with oyster and egg shells always available for the layers.

Not sure about ducks tho...only thing I know is that ducks may need more niacin especially when young.

 

Agrees, might want to ask in the Duck Forum.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Thank you both. I will try asking there when I get back from town.

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Flock raiser says its okay for ducks. I feed flock raiser and offer oyster shell on the side, as well as grit just in case (not really needed when they get free range time). I also crush and throw my egg shells in the run with whatever scraps I have for them. 

 

My neighbors feed their ducks goat feed :duc and they seem to do fine. They just hatched out ten or so ducklings and they shot up quick (too quick? I'm not sure). The ducks are kept in the goat pen so I guess its more convenient for them. 

Japanese, OEG, Sebright, Brahmn, d'Uccle, and EE bantams; and RIR, BR, and EEs, Golden Penciled Hamburg, EEs, Anconas, Bielefelders, Wheaten Marans, Speckled Sussex, and a surprise variety of bantams with breeds tbd!

 

16 guineas and 2 turkeys to round out the flock

 

Another victim of poultry math. Aiming for a "designer" flock and egg basket :)

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Japanese, OEG, Sebright, Brahmn, d'Uccle, and EE bantams; and RIR, BR, and EEs, Golden Penciled Hamburg, EEs, Anconas, Bielefelders, Wheaten Marans, Speckled Sussex, and a surprise variety of bantams with breeds tbd!

 

16 guineas and 2 turkeys to round out the flock

 

Another victim of poultry math. Aiming for a "designer" flock and egg basket :)

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