Can you feed ducks fodder?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Schmied forge, Jan 21, 2016.

  1. Schmied forge

    Schmied forge Out Of The Brooder

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    Pretty self explanatory, but if you can... when can you start? Can you start when they are ducklings? Thanks!
     
  2. dan26552

    dan26552 True BYC Addict

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    We feed our ducks fodder. We started pretty early on as ducklings, about 1 and a half weeks old I think. Our fodder for the ducks is shorter than regular fodder, closer to sprouts.
     
  3. deedles

    deedles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What do you sprout for the duck fodder? I sprouted some wheat but it got a little too long, do you think that if I cut it down it's safe to feed? I heard about longer fodder causing sour crop in chickens.

    But I would like to know what you are sprouting.
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    As long as ducklings are getting a tiny bit of chick sized grit at least a few days before they get something like fodder, they should be okay with it - and as long as it's just a small percentage of their food intake.

    I did not think about fodder when mine were little - I do pretty much what dan26552 does - pretty much sprout it.

    If you chop up the fodder into tiny bits it ought to be okay - I used to chop up lettuce and greens very finely and put it in cool water for a treat for the ducklings - they loved it! It was like cold lettuce and dandelion soup[​IMG]

    Here is my fodder setup.

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  5. Schmied forge

    Schmied forge Out Of The Brooder

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    I do know ducks can generally eat more then chickens, but I couldn't tell you anything else...
     
  6. apricotvalleywf

    apricotvalleywf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Duckling can eat sprouts just fine. I wouldn't feed them 6-9 day old fodder though, probably 3-5 days only where the greens are still tender and not as mature.

    Instead of experimenting with fodder, why not try fermenting by lacto-fermentation first?

    http://www.apricotvalleywaterfowl.com/sprouts.html
     
  7. Schmied forge

    Schmied forge Out Of The Brooder

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    How would I make my own duckling feed they can eat? I don't like feeding them processed food... or would I just need a adult duck to raise them?
     

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