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Do  I have to provide calcium for my egg laying ducks? I have 7 females that are due to start laying and I was wondering if you have to provide calcium like with a chicken or if they are free range will they get enough on their own? Thanks

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Originally Posted by bufforp89 

Do  I have to provide calcium for my egg laying ducks? I have 7 females that are due to start laying and I was wondering if you have to provide calcium like with a chicken or if they are free range will they get enough on their own? Thanks


You will probably get more eggs with less trouble if you supply calcium. You have NO way of knowing what they are getting free range. If they can't get it from diet they steal from their own bones in order to make shells.

~gd  Backyard ducks and geese.
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~gd  Backyard ducks and geese.
Amprolium medicated feed is SAFE for waterfowl! Your money, your waterfowl, your Choice.
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can I just use what is available on the market for chickens? I have never seen anything for ducks so I am assuming yes. Do you just offer it in a container or mix it with their food to make sure they are getting it? Thanks

Buff Orpingtons, Wheaten Ameraucanas. Bantam Lav. Ameraucanas, Easter Eggers, Bantam Cochins. LF Cochins
Muscovys, Brown Chinese Geese,Toulouse, Pekins, Khaki Campbells and rabbits...

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Buff Orpingtons, Wheaten Ameraucanas. Bantam Lav. Ameraucanas, Easter Eggers, Bantam Cochins. LF Cochins
Muscovys, Brown Chinese Geese,Toulouse, Pekins, Khaki Campbells and rabbits...

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I keep free choice oyster shell available for my mixed flock. I've seen the ducks and chickens eating it.
Of course the ones who need it least are the ones who eat the most.he
John the Drake plus my 4 retirees!

~mutt layers, more layers, runner dux, Crazy Poultry Lady~
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I advise you to feed them ground up oyster shells.  This lowers the chance of the egg breaking while it is inside the duck which can be fatal.

Love is . . . an indian runner duck.
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