Compost ducks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by HomesteadDucks, Feb 24, 2017.

  1. HomesteadDucks

    HomesteadDucks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello!

    I've heard of compost chickens. When the chickens are allowed to free range the compost piles for 100% of their feed. No grains have to be supplied. But chickens scratch around a lot more than ducks and seem to be much less picky eaters. Does anyone know if ducks could be fed completely from the compost piles just like chickens? Will they dig around for food scraps and bugs?
     
  2. QuackSpeak

    QuackSpeak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have no clue [​IMG] - But I am interested in the answer! [​IMG]
     
  3. GoldenFlight

    GoldenFlight Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    I've never heard of anyone doing this for ducks.....
     
  4. HomesteadDucks

    HomesteadDucks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was thinking of trying. If nobody else has done it then I suppose I'll have an answer in a few months.
    I think I'll get some chickens to scratch around in the piles. Ducks by themselves would turn it into a mud pit. Haha!
     
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  5. GoldenFlight

    GoldenFlight Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    What would you put in these piles?
     
  6. HomesteadDucks

    HomesteadDucks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mostly just food scraps from a local restaurant along with some hay and other typical compost ingredients
     
  7. GoldenFlight

    GoldenFlight Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Oh, okay..... Hopefully someone with experience doing this will come along.:)
     
  8. tactilecontact

    tactilecontact Out Of The Brooder

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    hereorthere Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's a great article! I like their idea about a bathtub pool connected to a drain. Would love to see that! Wondering also if one could connect it to a holding tank....
     
  10. tactilecontact

    tactilecontact Out Of The Brooder

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    I imagine you could. Just get a 55gal food grade plastic barrel; they're pretty easy to set up. I'm not sure where you're located, but here in Michigan you find them on Craigslist all the time, and for cheaper than what home/garden stores want for them.
     

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