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What's the best duck feed?

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So, I'm running out of the starter feed and I'm wondering what the best feed is for my ducks. They'll be 4 wks old Thursday and the ppl who work at the TSC here are about clueless on anything but taking money at the register. What do you guys use? My ducks are also a mix of Pekin, Rouen, and maybe a swedish and a mystery crested one.

Owned by 6 various breed ducklings, a cockatiel, lovebird, rabbit, and 5 year old red headed boy

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post #2 of 6

Gamebird feed. It comes in starter, grower (4 weeks old for ducks) and finisher.

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I fed mine gamebird starter until they were about 4 or 5 weeks old, then switched to gamebird starter mixed half-and-half with poultry flock raiser for a few more weeks, and now that they're adults I just feed them flock raiser. They also get vegetables, weeds, and bugs. I never switched them to layer feed because I have some kind of little voice in my head saying that drakes shouldn't have so much calcium. I know that people feed them layer feed all the time with no problems, but my duck just GOBBLES up oyster shell and my drake leaves it alone, so I think I've got kind of a system going.


Edited by Stormy Autumn - 4/10/12 at 1:27pm
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Alright. I've been giving them crickets from the bait store, a few minnows, and lots of fresh oranges, grapes, strawberries, and other fruit ct into small pieces. I also walk them to different spots around the yard a few times a day, usually 2 or 3 times for about 30-45 min. each time. They eat all the seeds and bugs they find there. Then every time I clean their pool (usually twice a day) I leave some of the mud for a while and they eat the worms and stuff that come to the surface.

 

For some reason the last few days when I've walked them to the pond we built (it's 13'x7'x3'deep) they have run in the opposite direction. The fish aren't big enough to bother them and there's nothing there to hurt them. I just want them to eat some of the algae but something has really scared them.

Owned by 6 various breed ducklings, a cockatiel, lovebird, rabbit, and 5 year old red headed boy

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Owned by 6 various breed ducklings, a cockatiel, lovebird, rabbit, and 5 year old red headed boy

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post #5 of 6

We don't have a great selection around here, but I've found that even out adult birds do great on a 22% gamebird starter as long as they also have access to grass and bugs. I think if they have a variety of feed available (plants, bugs, commercial feed), they're pretty adept at balancing their own diet.

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I feed my little guys Dumor Chick starter then when they are adolesant/adults they eat Dumor finisher/grower...I get this from TSC

Owned By: 2 Pekin girls (Ming Ming and Giggles), a Saxony girl (Suzie), 3 Muscovies (Eeyore, Ellie and Eliza), Flemish Giant rabbits, a potbelly pig, chickens, 2 boer goats, and soon to be mom of a pair of bronze turkeys

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Owned By: 2 Pekin girls (Ming Ming and Giggles), a Saxony girl (Suzie), 3 Muscovies (Eeyore, Ellie and Eliza), Flemish Giant rabbits, a potbelly pig, chickens, 2 boer goats, and soon to be mom of a pair of bronze turkeys

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