Originally Posted by Auroradream26
What protien do ducklings need? I feed ALL my birds (chickens, turkeys, poults, chicks) the same thing. 21% protien starter/grower. Everyone does wonderful on it. I know they say to start turkeys off at 28% but I don't and I have no issues.
The problem with starting poults on a low protein feed is that you can't see the problems it causes. Keets and poults need the high protein (28% or higher) for the proper development of their internal organs. Shorting them on the protein they need will lead to shorter life spans and also prevents them from ever reaching their full potential.
I start everything based on the highest protein required by whatever is in there. If there are keets and turkeys, everybody gets the high protein including the chicks. If there are only chicks, that is the only time that I feed chick starter and it is still a 20% protein feed.
Adult chickens, guineas and turkeys do not need more than a good quality feed that has 16% protein. It has been said that anything above 16% protein for the adults just results in more ammonia in their excrement.
The one thing that I do remember from when I raised ducks and geese is that they should not have a medicated feed. Most high protein turkey and gamebird starter is not medicated but medicated feed is fine for chicks, keets and poults. Most chick feed is medicated.
A quick google is showing a recommendation of 21% protein for ducklings but most of the posts are from companies that I do not trust since they are only interested in their profit and do not care what damage their products will cause.