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How much do you feed your ducks in cups

post #1 of 11
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i have 9 ducks and i think i might not be feeding them quite enough. My chickens are porkers but i dont know if im feeding my ducks enough... can you tell me how many cups per duck of feed you feed

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post #2 of 11

I feed all my ducks other than the muscovies all they can eat in laying season.

post #3 of 11

Why don't you think they are getting enough? Their size or behavior?

It will depend on the weight of your ducks, the type of feed, and if they free range for part of the day. The stuff I bought last time had feeding guidelines on the bag but I don't have the bag anymore. I have food available for my ducks all day. They don't overeat and never act like they are starving. When I measured out their food they would act like they were starving. Of course, they still get really excited when I put food out. Ducks love food almost as much as mud puddles.

post #4 of 11

I didn't know we were suppose to ration it, I just make sure their feeders are always full..

Parents of a 25yr old human daughter, 23 Silkies, 2 Muscovies, 2 Khaki Campbells, 1 Pekins, 2 Black Runners, 1 Fawn Runners, 4 runner mixes & 5 dogs...

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Parents of a 25yr old human daughter, 23 Silkies, 2 Muscovies, 2 Khaki Campbells, 1 Pekins, 2 Black Runners, 1 Fawn Runners, 4 runner mixes & 5 dogs...

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post #5 of 11

Our feeders are always full.  Estimated feed consumption during laying season is approximately 0.4 pounds per duck.

post #6 of 11

I make sure there is always feed available for the ducklings.  I have read that if you want to only feed them two or three times a day, to put out (if I recall the wording) as much as they can eat in 15 minutes.  But I prefer to have the feed free choice.  Last night, overnight, the ducklings finished all their food, for the first time.  So it is a constant adjustment.

Please consider adopting rescued ducks.

 

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People often ask if they should "put down" a bird that has suffered major injuries.  In my experience, birds appreciate the opportunity to recover.  Ducks have an amazing ability to heal, even from injuries that appear to be catastrophic.

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Please consider adopting rescued ducks.

 

David Holderread:  

People often ask if they should "put down" a bird that has suffered major injuries.  In my experience, birds appreciate the opportunity to recover.  Ducks have an amazing ability to heal, even from injuries that appear to be catastrophic.

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post #7 of 11

When there is ample forage for the adults, I supply 1/4 c. per bird per day, usually before I put them to bed. In the winter I just make sure the feeders are full all the time, they need to eat extra calories to keep warm. With ducklings fresh hatched to 12 weeks I make sure feeders are always full. After they are 12 or so weeks I start them on the adult ration of 1/4 per bird when there is good forage.

Just one aging punk, her husband, two boys, Watermelon the cat, Morgan the dog, 12 Ancona ducks, 16 Muscovy, and 5 American Buff geese and 4 Embden geese, trying to live a slower, simpler, self sustaining life.
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Just one aging punk, her husband, two boys, Watermelon the cat, Morgan the dog, 12 Ancona ducks, 16 Muscovy, and 5 American Buff geese and 4 Embden geese, trying to live a slower, simpler, self sustaining life.
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post #8 of 11
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I ration my chickens because my chickens are horrible spoiled little things and always find away to dumb most feeders so its forced me to ration most of the time but ive never tried it with my ducks. I just think my ducks could be a little more plump. They aren't skinny but they arent like the chickens who are probably border line over weight

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post #9 of 11

when not laying I give mine a cup a day and every 3rd day a extra cup . but right now they get 2 to 3 cups a day. But it also depends on your ducks size . most domestic ducks  need 2to3 cups a day I think. I dont give them all they can eat so I dont have a rodent problem or moldy food on the ground which could make them sick or even kill them.

Quack Addict.  About 60 exotic and migratory waterfowl here but love to hunt ducks as well. Ironic huh? Also raise some ornamental pheasants and some peafowl as well. And a very understanding wife of over 25 years!                                                                                                                           
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Quack Addict.  About 60 exotic and migratory waterfowl here but love to hunt ducks as well. Ironic huh? Also raise some ornamental pheasants and some peafowl as well. And a very understanding wife of over 25 years!                                                                                                                           
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post #10 of 11

Our ducks free range during the day for forage.  So, I feed them in the evening when I call them to thier pen.  I let them eat all they could possibly want till I'm done with my farm chores.  (about an hour)  Then I take the feed away.  By morning, they are hungry and ready to fill up on bugs and things they get for themselves which they happily do all day long.  When the ducks are setting, they are locked in the pen all the time and get free choice feed 12/7.  When we have ducklings, we keep them in a stall with feeders that are always full untill they are 6 weeks old.

Christ follower,  Wife of 28 years, Stay at home, homeschooling, mom to 4, ages 26, 25, 20, and 11, Farmer of 160 acres where we raise beef cattle, meat goats, Nubian dairy goats, ducks and also care for 8 horses, 1 mini donkey, 1 sheep, 11 chickens, 5 dogs and 2 barn cats.

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Christ follower,  Wife of 28 years, Stay at home, homeschooling, mom to 4, ages 26, 25, 20, and 11, Farmer of 160 acres where we raise beef cattle, meat goats, Nubian dairy goats, ducks and also care for 8 horses, 1 mini donkey, 1 sheep, 11 chickens, 5 dogs and 2 barn cats.

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