adult duck diets

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jrobertson, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. jrobertson

    jrobertson Robertson's Rare Poultry

    Apr 24, 2010
    NW Alabama
    i was wondering if anyone could tell me when it is time to stop feeding starter and grower and change over to a maintenance feed for ducks. i've had a few develop small wing issues and i think its from being on the starter/grower too long. also, i've always mixed my own grains for my birds but it doesn't seem the drakes can handle the extra calcium from the laying pellets. so i will offer the hens oyster shell free choice during the laying season. my question is if i dont have a feed store locally that carries a strictly waterfowl feed, then what am i to do? i can buy whole grains. i just want to know really what is a balanced diet for young ducks coming off grower and a maintenance feed for fully grown ducks. i have ducks and ducklings of all ages and i want to get the exact recipe. thanks. also if you can list percentages to look for and/or name brands.
  2. chasing ducks

    chasing ducks Songster

    Mar 30, 2010
    New Hampshire
    Check out Storey's Guide to raising Ducks, theres exact recipes toward the back, I think you can access some of the book online.
  3. goosedragon

    goosedragon Songster

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    Quote:From Starter to Grower at 2 weeks. Grower until fully grown (usually 10-12 weeks) Believe me the drakes can handle the extra calcium just fine, but offer the oyster shell to the females because their need varies. Try this recipe table
    can fe found by the use of a internet search like google.
  4. OmaBird

    OmaBird Songster

    May 10, 2010
    CA High Desert
    I wish I could mix my own. I thought it would be cheaer. I did it wants but where I live by the time I bought everything and mixed it up, I was paying $45 for 50 lbs. My waterfowl feed is $29. for 50 lbs of maintance and $22 for 20 lbs of starter. I guess food is just expensive.
  5. vlapinta

    vlapinta Songster

    Mar 1, 2010
    Toms River NJ
    Wow Omabird that seems expensive to me. I just bought a 50 lb bag of Nutrena grower and it cost me $14.50! The starter crumbles were slightly higher for a 50 lb bag, maybe @ $16.00

  6. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    Paid 13.50 for a 50 pound bag of Nutrena Grower feed in Oregon.

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