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3week old pekin ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by samandmike, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. samandmike

    samandmike Out Of The Brooder

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    we have two 3 week and 3 two week old at what age do thay have to be to feed regular chicken feed and do you have to give them grit like a chicken can thay eventualy even eat full grone chicken food i know i cant feed ckick starter grower becaus its med im asking about layer feed frem the coop thanks for any help new to ducks and farm life but glad to be out of the city woho
     
  2. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm not sure, but maybe someone can help you here.
     
  3. headred

    headred Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feed mine game bird feed, not medicated. Also anything green from kitchen scraps. And worms, of course. They love 'em! If they roam in the yard I've heard they don't need grit.
     
  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    If you are referring to layer pellets, mash, whatever, it is normally recommended to start them on it once they first lay an egg, usually between 18-24 weeks depending on the breed. And yes they do need grit, they are birds after all. If you are feeding them nothing but processed feeds (mash, pellets, crumbles) then grit is not necessary. Anything else and they would need grit.
     
  5. Brickman House

    Brickman House Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I give my ducklings chick starter until they're 2 weeks old, chick grower until around 6 weeks old, and waterfowl pellets after that. I offer free choice oyster shell for calcium for the laying ducks.

    I don't give my ducklings grit, because they only eat processed food until they go outside. Once they go out to their 1/4 acre grassed lot, they have plenty of natural grit.
     
  6. xfilesnumber1fan

    xfilesnumber1fan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You start out with chick starter until 10 weeks or age then go to chick finisher and then at 16 weeks you can go with layer pellets but they are not go to feed to the drakes so I feed multi-flock for my ducks...Hope it helps...

    PS I have grit mixed in the feed and a dish of oyster shells for the girls the boys dont touch it...
     
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2009

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