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Calcium for ducks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by bufforp89, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. bufforp89

    bufforp89 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2009
    Chenango Forks NY
    Do I have to provide calcium for my egg laying ducks? I have 7 females that are due to start laying and I was wondering if you have to provide calcium like with a chicken or if they are free range will they get enough on their own? Thanks
     
  2. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    Quote:You will probably get more eggs with less trouble if you supply calcium. You have NO way of knowing what they are getting free range. If they can't get it from diet they steal from their own bones in order to make shells.
     
  3. bufforp89

    bufforp89 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2009
    Chenango Forks NY
    can I just use what is available on the market for chickens? I have never seen anything for ducks so I am assuming yes. Do you just offer it in a container or mix it with their food to make sure they are getting it? Thanks
     
  4. GrannySue

    GrannySue Chillin' With My Peeps

    I keep free choice oyster shell available for my mixed flock. I've seen the ducks and chickens eating it.
    Of course the ones who need it least are the ones who eat the most.[​IMG]
    John the Drake plus my 4 retirees!
     
  5. ExpLo721

    ExpLo721 Out Of The Brooder

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    I advise you to feed them ground up oyster shells. This lowers the chance of the egg breaking while it is inside the duck which can be fatal.
     

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