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What Do you feed your ducks?

post #1 of 43
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Hi.
I've been raising Ducks for about 6 years now and i've never heard of ducks being fed chicken feed. But I always here of people feeding there ducks chicken feed. Why's that so? Just curious now.....


Edited by the duck whisperer - 5/14/11 at 6:54am

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post #2 of 43

Hi Confused,
I have had ducks for 5 years now with chickens. They all sleep in the same pen, play in the same run and eat the same food. I have some of the healthiest ducks around.
I don't know where you get your info but it's false.
However, I buy " All Purpose " Back Yard Flock " feed. It's made for all fowl type. Ducks, chickens, Turkeys, Quail, ect...you can buy just plain chicken food that has 16, 18 % protein and is fine for just chickens but Ducks can also eat this food. I have had to feed them all just chicken food when the store ran out of what I normally buy. No dead Ducks yet.
I wouldn't feed them just chicken food for very long if possible. I also give my ducks plenty of lettuce scraps, peas, corn, fresh cut grass.....and they free range during the day so they get plenty of bugs to eat...hope this helps. But no, you wont hurt your ducks by giving them chicken food. smile


Edited by Enslaved-by-Ducks - 5/8/11 at 6:39pm
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post #4 of 43

I feed Dumor feed from TSC and havent had a problem with it.
Is your feed soley for ducks...whats it called, whos it made by.

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Mum to 5 Dogs, 2 Cats, 4 Mini Horses, 1 Mule, 1 QH, 5 Goats, 1 Goldfish. I have short fat white ducks and tall skinny coloured ducks, and a few geese And eggs in the bator.
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~Nicky~
Mum to 5 Dogs, 2 Cats, 4 Mini Horses, 1 Mule, 1 QH, 5 Goats, 1 Goldfish. I have short fat white ducks and tall skinny coloured ducks, and a few geese And eggs in the bator.
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post #5 of 43

I have never heard of just duck feed.

Our ducks just eat with the chickens- they get a flock raiser type feed with scratch mixed in.  They also eat a ton of grass, bugs, and they love mice.  I have traps in the barns and will give the mice to the ducks...they love them!

My husbands grandma used to just feed her ducks hound dog food...from the feed store.  hide  I am not recommending that but she had ducks for YEARS and never had any problems with them.  Some people feed them fish food (for like ponds) and such...

post #6 of 43

My adult ducks and chickens get the same food - a quality breeder pellet (supplemented by fresh greens, worms, bugs, grass, peas, melon etc etc).

Feeding chicken food to ducklings can be different though - its best to use a feed formulated especially for ducks while they are growing as it has the right protein and vitamin/mineral ratios.

But as adults chicken food is fine for ducks.

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post #7 of 43

If I could buy duck feed locally I would feed it, but I haven't been able to find it.  My adult ducks eat with the chickens and the young ones are eating the Dumour from TSC.  They also free range and get whatever they can find and I supplement with greens, brewers yeast and niacin in their water about once a week.  All seem healthy and we have hatched 8 fat and sassy little call ducks.  Now 3 of the females are sitting on eggs so we may be duckling crazy pretty soon.

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post #8 of 43

Purina Flock Raiser (20%) is what we feed our adult chickens, turkeys, and guineas - and ducks of all ages.  They also get free-choice oyster shell grit, and the ducks get some greens every day.

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Smiles-N-Sunshine Farm (Palominas, Arizona):  Black Australorp chickens, and mealworms.  Protected by Ottoman the Turkey.
 

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Hi!  I'm Bryan, and Smiles-N-Sunshine is my hobby farm.

 

Smiles-N-Sunshine Farm (Palominas, Arizona):  Black Australorp chickens, and mealworms.  Protected by Ottoman the Turkey.
 

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post #9 of 43

Gamebird crumbles  and cracked corn   plus free range during the day.

Yelp..yelp..yelp...purrrrrrrrrrrr...cutt..cutt....strut..strut....gobble gobble gobble !!!

3  Royal Palms.......2 Bourbon Reds......... 7 standard bronze.........1 psycho guinea.........10 mallards......7 Rouens.... and ducks laying like mad .

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Yelp..yelp..yelp...purrrrrrrrrrrr...cutt..cutt....strut..strut....gobble gobble gobble !!!

3  Royal Palms.......2 Bourbon Reds......... 7 standard bronze.........1 psycho guinea.........10 mallards......7 Rouens.... and ducks laying like mad .

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post #10 of 43
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Kay, I get it. So i take it most people dont have Duck feed at their feed stores? Odd.........

http://www.poultryconnection.com/quackers/chow.html

Heres a link. and another:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=217802

From a while back. aparrently its not avalible in alot of places sad
thats okay I understand thanxs

The first link explains it pretty well....

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