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can ducks eat baby chick feed

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by marvun22, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. marvun22

    marvun22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    all my feed store has for baby food is nutrena starter. can ducks eat that.
     
  2. crooked stripe

    crooked stripe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope so. Thats all my feed store has also. Waiting to hear from an experect. T his is my first pair of ducks so learning everything I can.
     
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    As far as I am aware, a chick starter crumble works and it is best to add either a sprinkling of brewer's yeast to the food, or 100 mg niacin (plain, not no-flush or time release) per gallon of water the first 10 to 12 weeks, since ducklings need three times the niacin chicks do.
     
  4. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is fine. Chick starter is chick starter regardless of brand.
     
  5. EJPedrazzi

    EJPedrazzi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    But they definitely need extra niacin! Trust me on this one - I'm just (hopefully) overcoming issues because I did not add niacin to food or water. And make sure it's unmedicated feed.
     
  6. crooked stripe

    crooked stripe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you are keeping ducks in with your chicks do you have to wory about niacin in the chicks?
     
  7. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You shouldn't need to. It would be easier to add niacin to the water if both are brooded or feed together. Ducks drink more so will ingest a higher amount than chickens. Too much of a good thing can be bad. Even ducks can be given too much niacin.
     

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