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post #1 of 16
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I'm changing my duck food today and was wondering.........................how often do I feed my 5 week old ducklings?  Up till today,

I've give them all the food they want.  Should I stop that now or ???

post #2 of 16

My ducks are 5, 4, and 2 weeks old I leave food out 24/7, unless they run out in the middle of the night then they wait until I open up the coop to get more.

 

 

 

                                             

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post #3 of 16
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How old does a duck have to be before you stop leaving food out 24/7?

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I plan to always have feed available 24/7. Ducks will not eat until they pop, they only eat what their body needs. Same goes for chickens. So in my case I go out and fill feeders or top off feeders when I check on them. My grandpa did it this way for longer than I've been alive so I figured I'd follow his steps.

 

 

 

                                             

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post #5 of 16

It depends on what you're raising them for and what size of duck they are (bantam, medium, etc).

 

You would want to feed meat ducks different than a pet.

 

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post #6 of 16

I also leave food out 24/7 

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post #7 of 16

My ducks are 1yo and almost 1yo and then turning 1 later this summer lol (catch all that?) anyhow, food is left out 24/7. Plus they daytime forage.

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~ Firefly Farms home to

 

Ducks- Muscovy, Calls, Buff orpington & Pekin  

 

Chickens- Ameraucana, Ameraucana x(ie Easter Eggers), Silkies, Showgirls, Malines, Bielefelder & Bantam Cochin

 

Plus Miniature horses, Sheep & lionhead rabbits, Plus fish, dogs, cats & parrots.

 

"Tough times don't last, but Tough People do....."

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post #8 of 16
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They are going to be pets.  Thinking of getting a few more from either Holderreads (they require at least 10) OR Metzer's (where you can buy just a few.)

 

post #9 of 16

At 5 weeks I give food 24 hours a day.

 

When they are adults, I weigh their food, because ducks will overeat and get too fat.  It's not good for their health to be all clogged up with fat. I feed the adults twice a day.

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post #10 of 16

For pet ducks that you don't care about growing out quickly, you can feed them 3 or 4 times a day and they'll be fine.  That's what I prefer, because I don't want them to grow super fast.  My goal is longevity.  I'm really careful about not letting any of my animals get fat, though.  I think you'll be fine either way.  Do whatever works best for you.  As long as they are growing and not getting too fat, they'll be OK.

 

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They are going to be pets.  Thinking of getting a few more from either Holderreads (they require at least 10) OR Metzer's (where you can buy just a few.)

 



 

Ancona ducks  |  Sebastopol geese  |  Blue and Lavender American geese

 

 

 

 

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