BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Other BackYard Poultry › Ducks › what to feed ducklings
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

what to feed ducklings

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

My little guy picked out 2 ducklings at the feed store yesterday. I have them on chick starter but was wondering if the need grit like chickens before they get any extra treats. Also is there somewhere that lists what they can/cannot eat?

Black Orpingtons

NPIP #3293 

http://www.unitedorpingtonclub.com/

Reply

Black Orpingtons

NPIP #3293 

http://www.unitedorpingtonclub.com/

Reply
post #2 of 10

Yes they need grit. Chick starter is fine but they will need Niacin Supplements. 

 

Here's a list of treats they can have: 

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=242460

 Say NO to Crested Ducks!                     Common Chicken Practices          Learn more about Avian Influenza

 

 

 

"Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose" 

Reply

 Say NO to Crested Ducks!                     Common Chicken Practices          Learn more about Avian Influenza

 

 

 

"Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose" 

Reply
post #3 of 10

You can find Niacin at most Health and Wellness stores as well as Walmart. 

 Say NO to Crested Ducks!                     Common Chicken Practices          Learn more about Avian Influenza

 

 

 

"Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose" 

Reply

 Say NO to Crested Ducks!                     Common Chicken Practices          Learn more about Avian Influenza

 

 

 

"Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose" 

Reply
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kevin565 View Post

Yes they need grit. Chick starter is fine but they will need Niacin Supplements. 

 

Here's a list of treats they can have: 

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=242460


Excellent list! Very similar to chickens. Can I just add grit to the chick starter or should I offer it as a side.

Black Orpingtons

NPIP #3293 

http://www.unitedorpingtonclub.com/

Reply

Black Orpingtons

NPIP #3293 

http://www.unitedorpingtonclub.com/

Reply
post #5 of 10

Your chick starter should already contain Grit. I would sprinkle a little extra over it when you plan on feeding treats. 

 Say NO to Crested Ducks!                     Common Chicken Practices          Learn more about Avian Influenza

 

 

 

"Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose" 

Reply

 Say NO to Crested Ducks!                     Common Chicken Practices          Learn more about Avian Influenza

 

 

 

"Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose" 

Reply
post #6 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kevin565 View Post

Your chick starter should already contain Grit. I would sprinkle a little extra over it when you plan on feeding treats. 

agree mine that i use have all the needs with great sucess

post #7 of 10

It's not necessary to give them Niacin and you really shouldn't automatically give it to them as a matter of course.  It should only be used if they are having leg issues.  Most research is showing that it's more times than not, not necessary.  I have 5 ducks that never received an ounce of it, and they are grown up & in wonderful condition now. 

 

They will only need grit if/when you begin giving them treats.  Congrats - post some pics!  We love to see pics!!

 

ETA:  Note this paragraph found on Metzer Farms' website:

 

If you are not using a balanced chick starter designed for broiler chicks or game birds, you may have problems. If you are using a chick starter developed exclusively for laying chickens, it probably does not have enough niacin. Do not make their diet exclusively whole grains, like Chicken Scratch. On very rare occasions, the lack of niacin could be from a mistake at the feed mill.
 

I've never been a big proponent of adding something the diet of livestock because they "may" need it.  In this case, I would closely monitor your ducklings and, if you see a problem, then go ahead & supplement for it.  If you check out the Metzer Farms' website, they have a few pictures of ducks suffering from Niacin deficiency - see here:

 

http://metzerfarms.blogspot.com/2011/03/are-my-ducklings-leg-problems-due-to.html

~Courage is fear that has said its prayers.~

 

SPECIALIZING IN:  Jersey Giants.  Black Copper Marans. Blue Marans. Silver Penciled Plymouth Rocks.  

Click to view my website.

Just for fun:  First & second generation "olive eggers," and a few ducks - Welsh Harlequin, Black Swedish, Black Runner.

Reply

~Courage is fear that has said its prayers.~

 

SPECIALIZING IN:  Jersey Giants.  Black Copper Marans. Blue Marans. Silver Penciled Plymouth Rocks.  

Click to view my website.

Just for fun:  First & second generation "olive eggers," and a few ducks - Welsh Harlequin, Black Swedish, Black Runner.

Reply
post #8 of 10

I've never been able to get waterfowl or broiler starter anywhere that I have lived.  I feed chick starter to my ducklings and I add niacin to there water for the first few weeks.  I'd rather give them something that they require just in case rather than wait and treat a leg problem. 

DOGS: 4 Shih Tzu, 1 Papillon, 1 Great Pyrenees

CHICKENS: 1 BO, 2 EE, 2 WLH, blue and splash JG, plus various aged JG, BO, JG/BO and JG/EE chicks.   

DUCKS: Muscovy ducks: Adults, juveniles and ducklings.  Pekin ducks

 

Some threads started with basic info.

Picking a duck breed, where to buy, what genders to get

Raising and caring for ducklings

 

Reply

DOGS: 4 Shih Tzu, 1 Papillon, 1 Great Pyrenees

CHICKENS: 1 BO, 2 EE, 2 WLH, blue and splash JG, plus various aged JG, BO, JG/BO and JG/EE chicks.   

DUCKS: Muscovy ducks: Adults, juveniles and ducklings.  Pekin ducks

 

Some threads started with basic info.

Picking a duck breed, where to buy, what genders to get

Raising and caring for ducklings

 

Reply
post #9 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by jdywntr View Post

I've never been able to get waterfowl or broiler starter anywhere that I have lived.  I feed chick starter to my ducklings and I add niacin to there water for the first few weeks.  I'd rather give them something that they require just in case rather than wait and treat a leg problem. 

I have always feed Flock Raiser and never given Niacin but my ducks free range all day so I guess they haven't needed the extra niacin, I don't think it would hurt them to have some niacin especially if the ducklings weren't able to get outside and forage. I did add Brewers yeast to my lone ducklings feed last year because he was with us for the first 3 months of his life more than the rest of the flock. 

Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 15 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 13Muscovy ducks, 1 Embden Gander,2 Toulouse geese 1 American Buff, 3 mini Dachshunds, 1 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

 

http://www.godvine.com/Kari-Jobe-Powerfully-Sings-I-Am-Not-Alone--6360.html?utm_source=...

Reply

Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 15 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 13Muscovy ducks, 1 Embden Gander,2 Toulouse geese 1 American Buff, 3 mini Dachshunds, 1 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

 

http://www.godvine.com/Kari-Jobe-Powerfully-Sings-I-Am-Not-Alone--6360.html?utm_source=...

Reply
post #10 of 10

I do what ML does, the flock raiser plus my babies do have access to outside... i haven't had any issues(knock on wood lol) with this and have now successfully raised multiple ducklings with this method.


Edited by Going Quackers - 9/10/12 at 11:20am

~ 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....."

Reply

~ 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....."

Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Ducks
BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Other BackYard Poultry › Ducks › what to feed ducklings