Are my ducks too fat?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by luvs2ride1979, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. luvs2ride1979

    luvs2ride1979 Out Of The Brooder

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    These girls were hatched around August 14th, 7 Golden Hybrid 300 from Metzer and 3 Welsh Harlequins. They have been free ranging since mid-October and have gotten noticably fat... Their breasts wobble back and forth when they come running for food, lol. I throw out some whole oats, black oil sunflower seeds, and calf-mana twice a day, about 2 qts each feeding for all 10 birds and my chickens get some of it too. I don't have any other feed out for them. We have a small pond/stream that used to have small fish in it, but I noticed yesterday that there isn't fish any longer, lol. The ducks do dive a lot in the small pond, so I'm guessing they have eaten all of the fish.

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    October 20. You can see the small pond at the bottom of the photo.
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  2. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They look fine! one of my WH hens looks like yours.
     
  3. stuhayes2010

    stuhayes2010 Out Of The Brooder

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    The look more or less like mine. Do they fly? That would be your first clue that they aren't too fat.
     
  4. luvs2ride1979

    luvs2ride1979 Out Of The Brooder

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    No, they don't fly, but I didn't think either breed was supposed to fly? They have never really tried. They will run and flap their wings, but their feet never leave the ground.
     
  5. duckdad

    duckdad Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They look about right to me...


    You'll know if they are too fat...

    You're duck is too fat when he spreads out like a water balloon as he sits....

    You're duck is too fat when he starts to 'scoot' across the floor instead of standing up and walking. [​IMG]
     
  6. Wulfandwyn

    Wulfandwyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. 70%cocoa

    70%cocoa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They look alright to me too. Just like they have full crops (not that ducks have a proper crop like a chicken).

    I think if they put on a lot of fat it is mainly round the vent area.
     
  8. mrpekinduck

    mrpekinduck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They look even smaller than my pekins so I'd say they're fine.
     

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