Anyone Else's Ducks Chowing Down on Oyster Shell/Grit?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by suki'smom, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. suki'smom

    suki'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2011
    Central Wisconsin
    I have 6 ducks: 2 drakes and 4 hens. I've noticed that my bucket of oyster shell/grit mixture has been really getting eaten at. The chickens just pick at it but the craters left in the bucket it is clear that the ducks are really shoveling it down. Is this normal this time of year? The pen that my ducks came out of was all dirt/poo so maybe they are just eager to fill their gizzards with grit? Or are my females replacing their calcium? The woman I got them from said she gave them oyster shell but honestly I didn't see any in the pen, so I don't know. I feed a 21 percent protein feed right now because everyone is molting. Normally they get an 18 percent flock raiser.

    Any input is greatly appreciated :)
  2. BallardDuck

    BallardDuck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2011
    Ballard in Seattle
    Mine girls have always eaten up the crushed oyster shell like I would potato chips!
    I've read on here that some just put it out and refill as necessary. Mine is a daily deal; every morning they get a handful of oyster shell, in a seperate dish from the feed. I assume it's okay?
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Right now no, but during egg laying they eat alot of oyster shell.
  4. 70%cocoa

    70%cocoa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2011
    Canberra, Australia
    Yes, mine eat a lot when they are laying. The shell grit disappears like hot cakes! Mine have access to lots of small stones/gravel/sand as well so I think they want it for the calcium, rather than for their food grinding ability. Mine are on a really good breeder ration too. It does take a lot of calcium to produce eggs....
  5. KarWoh

    KarWoh New Egg

    Oct 7, 2012
    Kuala Lumpur
    I think it appeared to be true that they need this special meal during the laying period.
    Mine turn soft shell on the 4th and now it stopped laying...:(

    So, you all just crush the oyster shell and mix in their meal?
    Do you feed other type of natural supplements to your ducks?

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